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Aaron Draper Shattuck papers, 1810-1983

Aaron Draper Shattuck papers, 1810-1983

Shattuck, Aaron Draper, 1832-1928

Painter, Marine painter, Printmaker

Collection Information

Size: 0.8 linear feet

Summary: Biographical material, diaries, letters (1858-1980), notes, account books and receipts (1854-1903), sketchbooks and an etching (1857-1896), printed material (1849-1983), photographs (1861, 1967), and a sample canvas stretcher (1895). Papers document the activities of Aaron Draper Shattuck and his son, Walter.

One diary was kept by Aaron Shattuck (1893); the other by his son Walter (ca. 1930). Correspondence includes Aaron Shattuck's acceptance letter to the National Academy of Design (1858), descriptions of travel along the Maine coast and in New England (1858-1866), and 5 letters concerning Shattuck's paintings (1872-1980). Notes concerning the Shattuck family were compiled by the donors (1982-1983). Financial material consists of 3 account books (1854-1856), 10 sales receipts for paintings (1871-1876), and receipts from F.W. Devoe & Co. for stretcher keys (1876-1903).

Art work consists of an etching (12.3 x 14.3 cm.) of the painting "White Hills in October," and nine sketchbooks (10.6 x 21.2 cm. or smaller), 1857-1889, containing pencil drawings of landscapes and coastal scenes of Vermont and Maine, especially in the White Mountains. One sketchbook is Walter's, and one contains work by both father and son.

Printed material includes 19 clippings (1868-1983), 7 exhibition announcements and catalogs (1857-1970), Henry Alken's book, THE ART AND PRACTICE OF ETCHING (1849), inscribed to Shattuck by William Hart in 1849 and containing 4 etchings and 4 aquatints, and 1 National Academy of Design menu with a watercolor drawing, 1887. Photographs show Aaron Shattuck (ca. 1861) and the Shattuck home and garden in West Granby, Connecticut (ca. 1967). Other materials include a stretched canvas displaying an advertisement and sample of Shattuck's Patent Stretcher Key, an 1810 inventory of the Lincoln family estate, and the birth certificate of William Shattuck, Aaron's son.

Biographical/Historical Note

Landscape painter and inventor; New York City and West Granby, Connecticut. Born in Francetown, New Hampshire. Shattuck studied art in Boston under portrait painter Alexander Ransom and at the National Academy of Design in 1852, becoming an academician in 1861. The principal subjects of his works are landscapes and pastoral scenes. Shattuck was also the inventor of the "Shattuck" stretcher keys for artists' canvases. In 1860, he married Marian Colman, sister of painter Samuel Colman, and descendant of the John Lincoln family. Their children were William, Walter, Edwin, Isabel, Helen, and Bertha. Shattuck maintained a studio in New York from 1856 until ca. 1870, then moved to Granby, Connecticut.


Donated by Katherine and Eugene Emigh, 1983-1984. Katherine Emigh is Shattuck's granddaughter.

Location of Originals

  • Photocopies: Originals are in the possession of the donors, Katherine and Eugene Emigh.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Aaron Draper Shattuck papers, 1810-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.