Thomas Wilmer Dewing and Dewing family papers, 1839-1945

Dewing, Thomas Wilmer, b. 1851 d. 1938
Painter, Muralist
Active in Paris, France; New York, N.Y.; Munich, Germany

Dewing, M. O. (Maria Oakey), b. 1855 d. 1927
Painter
Active in New York,N.Y.

Collection size: 0.4 linear feet

Collection Summary: Correspondence, photographs, and printed material relating to Thomas W. Dewing, his wife Maria Oakey Dewing, and other family members.

Correspondence includes letters from Dewing to his wife, Maria relating to accounting matters, travel, and the construction of a new house in the Green Hill section of East Conway, N.H. (abutting on the Town of Chatham); to his brother [Charles] Homer Dewing in which he writes of his intention to spend the summer in South Hampton, Long Island; and to his nephew Arthur Stone Dewing, including a 1901 letter in which he writes about the coloration, habits and range of birds he has observed. Maria Oakey Dewing letters include two to her niece, 1926; one to Mr. Perry (possibly Oliver Hazard Perry); and a copy of a letter to Elizabeth Dewing [1914] discussing house plans, family matters and painting projects (the copy was made by Charles). Also found are three letters to Thomas Dewing from S.Y. and an additional letter to Mr. Ireland from S.Y.

Photographs are of Thomas Dewing in various stages of his life; a cabinet photograph of Maria by Fratelli Vianelli; four copy photographs of Maria and Thomas and others, attributed to H. Prellwitz; and a photographic reproduction of Thomas Dewing's painting of Sullivan W. Jones.

Printed material consists of exhibition catalogs, including one for the Ten American Painters' first exhibition, 1898; clippings; reproductions; and articles from various sources.

Biographical/Historical Note: Thomas (1851-1938) and Maria Dewing (1855-1927) were painters from New York, N.Y. Thomas studied with Boulanger and Lefebvre. Maria his wife studied with John La Farge in New York City and Couture in Paris.

The papers were donated in separate accessions beginning in 1959 by Elizabeth Dewing Kaup daughter of Thomas Dewing and Maria Oakey Dewing (microfilm reel D22). In 1979-1980, ten letters (reel 2803) were donated by Mary Morain through Susan Hobbs, a researcher on Thomas Dewing, and an additional 19 items were donated anonymously in 2009. Photograph albums were lent for microfilming 1980 by Mrs. Pete A. Gunther, great-great grandaughter of Thomas Dewing and Maria Oakey Dewing; and the marriage certificate, some letters, diaries, sketchobooks, photographs, poems and other writings (reel 2077 and 2083) were lent by Hugh Franklin.

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Also available on microfilm only is material lent for microfilming in 1980 and 1981, including 3 photograph albums, 1862-1892, containing 148 photographs and tintypes of Thomas Wilmer Dewing, his wife, Maria Richards Oakey Dewing, their daughter, Elizabeth Bartol (Elizabeth Dewing Kaup), and his studio in Cornish, N.H. (reel 1818); a marriage certificate; family letters; diaries/day books of both Thomas and Maria; sketchbooks and drawings by both artists; photos of Thomas and Maria, their family home, and works of art; printed material with reproductions of paintings by Thomas and articles by Maria; poems and writings by Maria; Japanese prints collected by the Dewings; writings by their daughter, Elizabeth; a music score by Maria's step-sister, Annie Newton; and printed miscellany (reels 2077 & 2083).