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Charles Henry Turner papers, 1875-1910

Charles Henry Turner papers, 1875-1910

Turner, Charles Henry, 1848-1908


Collection Information

Size: 0.4 linear ft. (on 3 microfilm reels)

Summary: Biographical material; letters; artworks; sketchbook; sketches; etching plates; photographs; and miscellany.

REEL 2040: Biographical material; 3 letters received regarding portrait commissions; an illustrated letter to his granddaughter; 6 oil paintings, including a self-portrait, ca. 1890; 5 watercolors, including 2 of his studio and a sketchbook of watercolors; 16 etching plates and 3 prints; an annotated catalog and a price list of Turner's paintings sold at auction, 1910; a book, The Art of Painting and Drawing in Coloured Crayons, by Henry Murray, 1875; a floor plan of Turner's studio; 2 glass negatives of his paintings; 3 silk etchings by Edmund H. Garrett; and printed miscellany.

REEL 2062: Photographs, ca. 1890-1908, of Turner, his wife, his New Hampshire studio, and works of art; a photo album and 75 loose photos of scenes of Boston and Germany, ca. 1900; and 2 photos of Adolphe Lesrel's Paris studio, 1889.

REEL 4781: Ca. 20 charcoal, graphite and pastel drawings and a watercolor depict Turner, his wife (?) "Zephi", unidentified people, a monogram, studio interior, the Mission San Jose in San Antonio, Texas, landscapes, and seascapes. There are also two charcoal landscapes by Edmund H. Garrett and [Emil?] Carlsen.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter and etcher; Jackson, New Hampshire and Boston, Massachusetts. A native of Hampton, New Hampshire and self-taught, Turner had several studios in Boston where he lived beginning in the 1870s for about forty years. He summered in Hampton, and later in the White Mountains at Jackson.


Material on reels 2040 and 2062 donated 1973 & 1979 by Miss G. Frances Souther, granddaughter of Turner. Drawings on reel 4781 lent for microfilming in 1993 by Robert and Connie Rosen, antiques dealers, who purchased them at auction. The drawings may have come from Miss Souther's estate.

Location of Originals

  • Reel 4781: Originals returned to lenders, Robert and Connie Rosen, after microfilming.

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reels 2040, 2062 and 4781 available for use 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 Henry Turner papers, 1875-1910. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.