Thornton Oakley papers, 1919-1953

Oakley, Thornton, b. 1881 d. 1953
Painter, Illustrator, Watercolorist
Active in Philadelphia, Pa.

Collection size: 1.4 linear ft. (on partial microfilm reel)

Collection Summary: Oakley's research material on illustrator, Howard Pyle. Also includes other artists letters collected by Oakley. Letters from Pyle to Oakley discuss illustrations, sales, exhibitions and social engagements. There are also letters from various members of the Pyle family, including his wife Anne; from Pyle's students and artists discussing Pyle and their own careers, including Arthur Stanley, William Aylward, Anna Whelan Betts, Elizabeth Shippen Green Elliott, George Harding, Henry Peck, Allen True, and Frank Schoonover, efforts to purchase Pyle oils, pen and ink drawings, and illustrated books, and regarding exhibitions relating to Pyle and his students.

Also included are letters documenting Oakley's efforts to purchase Pyle's oils, drawings, and illustrated books; regarding exhibitions relating to Pyle and his students; some letters from Cecilia Beaux; and autograph letters from Edwin Ausin Abbey, Edwin Blashfield, Samuel Clemens, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

Microfilmed in 1990 as part of AAA's Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project. Only portions of the collection were selected for microfilming. Oakley solicited and purchased some of the letters.

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  • Microfilm reel 4409 available at Archives of American Art offices, through interlibrary loan and at the Free Library of Philadelphia.
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