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Anthony Thieme papers, 1909-1972

Anthony Thieme papers, 1909-1972

Thieme, Anthony, 1888-1954



Collection Information

Size: 1.0 linear ft.

Summary: Biographical data; correspondence; writings and notes; photographs; financial records; printed material; and a printing block.

Biographical notes; letters from Thieme in Europe, to his wife Becky (Lillian Beckett Thieme), regarding family matters, and to business associates regarding the sale and reproduction of his paintings and his inventions, including a movie projector and a device for repairing torpedo damage to battleships; letters from painter Hanny Bouman to "Aunt Becky," and letters to Lillian afterhis death regarding the sale and exhibition of his paintings. Notes concerning watercolor painting are included with lists of Thieme paintings owned by Mrs. Sally Fenelon Young, 3 address books, and lists of household chores. Two typescripts are entitled "Must Sixty-five Always be the Deadline?" and "Majority Wins".

Also included are shipment and exhibition records, 1937-1954, include price lists, receipts, and invoices; reprint receipts, 1940-1957, correspondence and receipts, 1955-1961, from the J. J. Gillespie Company, and miscellaneous receipts, 1935-1944. Printed material includes clippings; a press release; exhibition catalogs, 1928-1953; brochures from Thieme's New Summer School of Art; a blueprint of a section of Rockport, Massachusetts; and picture postcards. Photographs, undated and 1932, are of Thieme, his family, and classes at the Thieme School of Art in Rockport. The collection also includes a half-tone printing block of a work of art.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; Massachusetts, Florida and France. Born in Rotterdam, Holland, and studied in Germany with George Hacker, in Italy with Giuseppe Mancini, and at the Royal Academy of Holland. He came to the United States in 1917, and designed and painted stage settings until 1927. He settled in Rockport, where he directed the Thieme School of Art from 1929 to 1943, and managed a private art gallery.


Donated 1985 by Jane Goodwin, whose mother was Mrs. Thieme's friend. She obtained the papers from Harriet Chamberlain, who purchased the Thieme home in Florida and found the papers there.

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How to Cite This Collection

Anthony Thieme papers, 1909-1972. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.