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Contents and Arrangement | A Finding Aid to the Albert Bierstadt letter collection, 1880-1893 | Digitized Collection

Albert Bierstadt letter collection, 1880-1893

Contents and Arrangement

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Series 1: Albert Bierstadt Letters, 1860-1900
1 folder
Box 1

In these 13 unrelated letters written by renowned Hudson River School landscape painter Albert Bierstadt between 1860 and 1900, Bierstadt writes specifically of his work in several of the letters and refers to two paintings,
Laramie Peak
and
The Jungfrau
. He writes of the inspiration he finds in nature through his love of the mountains. Bierstadt invites friends to his studio in New York City, mentions a trip to Yosemite in the 1870s and writes letters of introduction on behalf of friends. Two of the letters concern commissions and discuss financial matters.
Letters are arranged chronologically.
DescriptionContainer
Letter To Mrs. Parsons, 1860, January 20
Concerns purchasing color and beginning to paint
Laramie Peak
.
1 (pam)
1
Letter To Professor Whitney, 1873, June 12
Concerns Whitney's being replaced on an irrigation committee by Mr. King. Bierstadt mentions that he is going to Yosemite and invites Whitney to join him.
1 (pam)
2
Letter to Unidentified Person, circa 1880s
Bierstadt sends an invitation to a meeting at his Tenth Street studio.
1 (pam)
3
Letter To Mr. Coffin, circa 1880s, June 14
Inquiry written on behalf of a "quite destitute" artist, John Irving, and his family, asking Coffin if he knows of a furnished apartment available for the family.
1 (pam)
4
Letter To Mr. Rives, 1880, June 16
(includes transcript)
Bierstadt writes from New York City, describing the opportunities available to art students in the city.
1 (pam)
5
Letter To Bierstadt's Sister, 1884, December 1
Concerns a commission.
1 (pam)
6
Letter To Mrs. Ely, 1887, April 8
Bierstadt invites her brother, and any of her friends, to visit him at his studio.
1 (pam)
7
Letter To Mr. Stedman, 1887, November 20
(includes transcript)
Letter conveys the the gift of a fragment salvaged when breaking up a piece of quartz that suggested to Bierstadt "a scarf pin for some good fellow." Bierstadt writes to Stedman of the "glorious old mountains which have given me so much happiness" from which such a fragment came.
1 (pam)
8
Letter To Mr. Jules Lévita, 1887, December 23
Bierstadt introduces David Wallace.
1 (pam)
9
Letter to Unidentified Person, 1888, June 28
(handwritten copy)
Discusses commissions that may result from the fact that Bierstadt has "spent much time and money on the matters referred to in your letter."
1 (pam)
10
Letter To Mr. Adams, 1892, October 6
Bierstadt states that he is happy to show Mr. Adams's friend "the new motor."
1 (pam)
11
Letter To Mr. Cooke, 1893, March 7
Discusses financial matters.
1 (pam)
12
Letter To General Miles, 1900, January 6
(photocopy)
Bierstadt informs General Miles that he is sending a small painting of a Swiss landscape,
The Jungfrau
, as a gift for the General's daughter on the occasion of her marriage.
1 (pam)
13

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