Henri, Robert, b. 1865 d. 1929
Painter, Educator, Illustrator
Active in Paris, France; New York, N.Y.; Cozad, Neb.
Collection size: 1 v.
Collection Summary: A diary August 29-September 27, 1891, containing journal entries and and several sketches regarding Henri's travels in Europe including entries on his stay in Venice and Chioggia, Italy, his train ride from Venice to Etaples, France and his boat ride from Etaples in route to Boulogne-sur-Mer. Henri comments on sketches by [Italico] Brass, visiting artists in Etaples including American painters [Allen] Tucker, [Curtis] Williamson and [George Henry] Tagart, and British painter [Joseph Milner] Kite.
Biographical/Historical Note: Robert Henri (1865-1929) was a painter and instructor in New York, N.Y.
The diary/sketchbook, August 29-September 27, 1891, was received through purchase in 1991 from Weschler's Auction House in Washington, D.C. with funds from the Joseph Coudon VII Memorial Fund, established by Katherine H. Coudon in memory of her son. It was originally from the estate of Robert Henri and in a private collection from 1969 to 1991. Separated materials were loaned for microfilming, including those on reels 885-887 which were lent by Mrs. Janet LeClair, the widow of John LeClair, nephew of Henri's sister-in-law, Violet Organ. Organ inherited these papers and planned on using them in a biography of Henri which was never written. The papers passed to John LeClair upon Organ's death in 1959 and subsequently donated to Yale University. Organ donated other Henri papers, including correspondence, notes, notebooks, photographs and other manuscript material to Yale University's Beinecke Library in the 1960s. The diary on reel 1654 was lent by Dr. Robert Gatewood, a cousin of Robert Henri, who reported that he had at one time possessed several of Henri's illustrated boyhood stories and other diaries which were all destroyed in a fire.
How to Use this Collection
- The diary from Aug. 29-Sept. 27, 1891, has been digitized and is available on AAA's website (digital ID 5546)
microfilm reels 885-887 and 1654 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the originals of materials on reels 885-887 are in Yale University's Beinecke Library along with additional Henri papers, and that the arrangement of the papers on the microfilm does not match their finding aid.
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Also in the Archives
- Robert Henri letter, 1911 Feb. 8
- Image and Media Gallery items from other collections related to Henri, Robert