Philip Leslie Hale papers, 1818-1962, bulk,1877-1939

Hale, Philip Leslie, b. 1865 d. 1931
Painter, Author
Active in France; Boston, Mass.

Collection size: 7.4 linear ft.

Collection Summary: The papers of Boston painter, teacher, critic, and writer Philip Leslie Hale measure 6.7 linear feet and are dated 1818-1962 (bulk dates 1877-1939). Biographical information, correspondence, artwork, writings, printed material, and photographs document the artist's career and personal life. The collection also includes research materials and catalogs compiled by Albert J. Kennedy for his never-published Philip Leslie Hale memorial volume.

Biographical/Historical Note: Philip Leslie Hale (1865-1931) was a painter, teacher, critic, and writer from Boston, Mass. Hale received early training under his sister Ellen Day Hale, at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and Academy Julian in Paris, and he studied privately with William M. Chase, J. A. Weir, and Kenyon Cox. Taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for thirty years; at various times, he also was on the faculty of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Boston University. He is the son of Reverend Edward Everett Hale.

The Philip Leslie Hale papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 1962 by the artist's daughter, Nancy Hale Bowers. The majority of this gift was microfilmed on reels D97-D104. Notes by Mrs. Nathan Hale on 25 anatomy lectures by Philip Leslie Hale, and the handwritten text of an art lecture by Philip L. Hale were the gift of Lilian Westcott Hale in 1963.

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A collection of drawings by Philip Leslie Hale were loaned for microfilming in 1986 by Thomas Dunlay who had acquired them a year earlier from art dealer George Epstein. Epstein bought the drawings from Mrs. Bowers in the 1960s. The drawings are available on AAA microfilm reel 3766.