Robert K. Fitzgerel collection of papers on Louis M. Eilshemius, 1869-1940

Fitzgerel, Robert K.
Collector, Biographer
Active in Newcastle, Me.

Collection size: 0.6 linear ft.

Collection Summary: Correspondence, writings, printed material, small paintings, drawings, and photographs of Louis Eilshemius collected by Robert K. Fitzgerel. consisting largely of material of the previous collector/owner, William Schack. Included are letters to William Schack relating to Shack's publication of his biography on Eilshemius, including references to the individual owners and institutions holding Eilshemius's artwork; other correspondents are Robert Tannahill and George L.K. Morris; writings, including self-published material by Eilshemius; promotional cards; and a handwritten play script, The Course of Love. The printed material consists of newspaper clippings about Eilshemius and an extensive group of Eilshemius' letters to the editors of New York dailies. Photographs include nineteenth century images of Eilshemius as a child and his family members and photographs of artists model nudes.

Biographical/Historical Note: Robert Fitzgerel is a collector; Newcastle, Maine. Louis Eilshemius's first biographer. Louis Eilshemius (1869-1941) was a painter, writer, and composer.

Donated 2001 by Robert K. Fitzgerel. The letters and epherema in the Fitzgerel collection were loaned to Steven Harvey, director of contemporary exhibitions at Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, who organized an exhibition on Eilshemius at the National Academy of Design (Sept.-Dec. 2001).

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