Walter Gay papers, 1870-1937, 1980

Gay, Walter, b. 1856 d. 1937
Active in Mass.; France

Collection size: 1.2 linear ft. (on 4 microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Scrapbooks; letters; sketches and sketchbooks; photographs and printed material.

REELS 2137-2139: Three scrapbooks, assembled by Matilda Gay, wife of Walter, containing correspondence, 1889-1930, with Sarah Cooper-Hewitt, Royal Cortissoz, Ralph W. Curtis, Elsie De Wolfe, Henry James, Val Prinsep, Auguste Rodin, Edith Wharton, Walter Gay's wife, Matilda, and others; letters Gay wrote to his mother, 1868; a pencil sketch, 1867; photographs, including Gay's Paris studio and apartment, Gay's 1908 exhibition at the George Petit Gallery in Paris, and of family, friends, and pets; exhibition catalogs; price lists for art works; and clippings. Photographers include E. Benard, and Henri Nanuel. Typescripts of the letters (3 v.) accompany the scrapbooks.

REEL 2802: Two letters from Walter Gay to "Willie," 1929; four sketchbooks containing pencil sketches done in Boston, 1870 and 1873, Nebraska, 1872, and Europe, 1882; a scrapbook of clippings, 1874-1882; and a photograph, 1980, of an oil painting by Gay.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter; Paris and Seine-et-Marne, France. Best known for studies of French interiors.

The donors, Mrs. Sophie Griscom (nee Gay), and John Gay, are niece and nephew of Walter Gay.

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