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Charles Allen Munn collection relating to Charles Willson Peale, John Trumbull and Benjamin West, 1788-1917

Munn, Charles Allen, 1859-1924

Art patron


Collection Information

Size: 70 Items, (on 1 microfilm reel)

Summary: A diary of Charles Wilson Peale, 1788-1789; letters, an account book, 1816, and a letter book, 1809-1810, of John Trumbull; and a brief manuscript autobiography of Benjamin West.
Charles Wilson Peale papers include a diary kept in Philadelphia and Annapolis, May 30, 1788-May 5, 1789. In in Peale writes about: working on his drawing machine "for taking perspective views"; people sitting for portraits; techniques in painting; repairing pictures; travel conditions between Philadelphia and Annapolis; the operation of his Philadelphia museum; recipes for preserving birds and animals; business and travel expenses; experiment in making bifocals; social activities and acquaintances.
John Trumbull papers include: two unsigned letters, 1819; account with A. C. DePoggi, 1791-1794; correspondence with Houdon; letterbook, 1809-1810; account book containing inventory of prints, 1816; correspondence with Charles Wilkes and Asher B. Durand, 1819-1822; and corrected proof of original manuscript of a description of Trumbull's pictures.
The Benjamin West papers consist of an undated autobiography.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art patron; New York, N.Y.


Lent for microfilming 1968 by Fordham University Library.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to Fordham University Library after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel N68-20 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Charles Allen Munn collection relating to Charles Willson Peale, John Trumbull and Benjamin West, 1788-1917. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.