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Charles C. Perkins papers, 1844-1868

Perkins, Charles C. (Charles Callahan), 1823-1886

Painter, Etcher, Author, Art critic


Collection Information

Size: 64 Items, (on 2 partial microfilm reels)

Summary: Sketches, watercolors, sketchbook, a photograph and an illustrated journal.
REEL 268: 58 pencil and pen and ink studies of sculpture in Italy; 3 watercolors; a photograph of Perkins; and a 27 page journal kept while in Spain, July 2-l8, 1854. Perkins writes mainly about the countryside, museums, the Alhambra, architecture, and military movements due to the insurrection in Madrid. The journal is illustrated with 6 drawings.
REEL 4677: A sketchbook, April-June, 1844, of travel in Italy, containing 20 pencil drawings of architecture, landscapes, and portraits of local people.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, etcher, author, art and music critic; Boston, Mass. Perkins studied art in Rome and Paris and promoted art education for the masses. He organized the Boston Art Club and served as president, 1869-1879; was a founder and honorary director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and was instrumental in instituting an art curriculum for Massachusetts and the city of Boston. Perkins was the author of ITALIAN SCULPTORS and TUSCAN SCULPTORS, both illustrated by his own drawings.


Papers on reel 268 were received from heirs along with papers of Elizabeth Ward Perkins and Samuel Gray Ward. (Perkins was Elizabeth Ward Perkins' father-in-law.) The sketchbook on reel was lent for filming in 1991 by Diana Korzenik, who purchased it from a flea market in Nashua, New Hampshire and was told that it came from a Massachusetts house.

Location of Originals

  • Sketchbook, reel 4677: Original returned to lender, Diana Korzenik, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 268 and 4677 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Charles C. Perkins papers, 1844-1868. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.