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Series 10 | A Finding Aid to the Chester Beach papers, 1846-1999, bulk circa 1900-1999 | Digitized Collection

Chester Beach papers, 1846-1999, bulk circa 1900-1999

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Series 10: Photographs, circa 1885-circa 1960s
3.1 linear feet
Boxes 4-9, 11, 14

Photographs of artwork by Beach are mainly of sculpture. A large number of duplicate prints were weeded, though multiple copies may still remain. No duplicate glass plate negatives were removed, and their original box letters are noted in the finding aid since there are references to them in many project files. Among the images of early work are drawings from his student days. Both photograph albums are devoted to the sculpture of Chester Beach. It is evident that the many blank pages in Volume 1 once contained photographs. Photographs of artwork by other artists consist of a portrait of Chester Beach by G. Laurance Nelson, and one painted posthumously by his daughter, Natalie Beach McLaury.
Photographs of Chester Beach include an early childhood portrait, circa 1885, and several images of Beach as a young artist by Gertrude Kasebier, circa 1910. There are photographs of Beach in his studio, including him working on portraits of Helen Leeming and Henry L. Doherty. Pictures of Beach with others include a drawing class at the Mark Hopkins Art Institute, with family and friends, and at a "Dinner tendered to Edmund W. Greacen by Samuel T. Shaw, Salmagundi Club, March 2, 1922." Also found are a few photographs of sitters. Places recorded are Beach's boyhood home in San Francisco, the interiors of his New York City and Brewster, New York studios, and Brookgreen Gardens. Miscellaneous subjects are nude models.
Photograph and negatives are arranged by document type and subject. Glass plate negatives are arranged by negative size and original order. Most images of sitters are found among the project files (Series 2). Project files also contain a wide variety of other photographs, including: finished work, work in progress, maquettes, plasters, sites, and installation and dedication ceremonies. Scrapbook volumes 1 and 2 (Series 8) contain a few photographs, as do the Christmas cards (Series 6).
Glass plate negatives are housed separately and closed to researchers.
The bulk of this series has been scanned. Duplicates of negatives and blank versos of photographs have not been scanned. Duplicates of glass plate negatives have been scanned.
DescriptionContainer
Photograph Albums of Sculpture by Chester Beach
Volume 1, circa 1940
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 4
4
34
Volume 2, circa 1940
4
35
Photographs of Artwork by Chester Beach
Early Work, circa 1903-1914
4
36
Coins, 1923-1935
4
37
Sculpture, Panama-Pacific International Exposition, circa 1915
4
38
Sculpture, Identified (children, men, women), circa 1920-1940
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 5
4
39-40
Sculpture, Identified (male busts, bas-reliefs), circa 1920-1940
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 5
4
41-42
Sculpture, Identified (miscellaneous), circa 1920-1940
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 5
5
1
Sculpture, Unidentified (children, men, women), circa 1920-1940
5
2
Sculpture, Unidentified (children, men women), circa 1920=1940
5
3
Sculpture, Unidentified (figures, fountains, bas reliefs), circa 1920-1940
5
4
Sculpture, Unidentified (figures, fountains, bas reliefs), circa 1920-1940
5
5
Photographs of Artwork by Other Artists
Portraits of Chester Beach by G. Laurance Nelson and Natalie Beach McLaury, 1908, 1957-1958
5
6
Photographs of People
Chester Beach, circa 1885, 1910-1938
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 6
5
7
Chester Beach Working In Studio, circa 1909, circa 1909, 1932
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 6
5
8
Chester Beach with Sculptures, circa 1899, circa 1966, undated
5
9
Chester Beach with Others, circa 1910s, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 6
5
10
Chester Beach with Family, circa 1915-1953, undated
5
11
Beach Family (daughters Beata, Eleanor, and Natalie), 1928
5
12
Photographs of Places
Beach's Boyhood Home, San Francisco, circa 1920-1940
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 7
5
13
Beach's Studios, New York City and Brewster, NY, circa 1930-1969
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 7
5
14
Brookgreen Gardens, Murrell's Inlet, SC, circa 1950
5
15
Photographs of Miscellaneous Subjects - Nude Models, circa 1920-1940
5
16
Negatives of Artwork by Chester Beach
Walt Whitman
(Hall of Fame for Great Americans; copy negative), circa 1965
5
17
Negatives of People
Chester Beach (circa 1910; Gertrude Kasebier, photographer; copy negative), circa 1965
5
18
Chester Beach (circa 1930; copy negative), circa 1965
5
19
Glass Plate Negatives of Sculpture by Chester Beach
Fountain Figure in Plaster, Studio, circa 1910-1930
3 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
1
Pan Sculpture, circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
2
'Breath of Pines' (Ivory), circa 1910-1930
3 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
3
'Spirit of the Woods' (Bronze), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
4
Nathalie (Bust), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
5
George Maron (Bust), Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
6
Unidentified Sculpture, Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
7
Brewster Monument, Studio, circa 1910-1930
3 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
8
Brewster Monument, On Site, circa 1910-1930
4 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
9
Anthony Ladd (Relief), circa 1910-1930
4 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
10
Constantine Johnston (Bust), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
11
Lydia Babbitt (Sculpture), circa 1910-1930
4 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
12
Memorial Tablet, Hold Memorial Babies' Hospital, Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
13
Doherty (Bust), circa 1910-1930
4 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
14
Doherty (Sitter), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
15
Dr. Babbott (Relief), circa 1910-1930
4 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
16
Dr. Babbott (Sitter), circa 1910-1930
3 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
17
Resor (Relief), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
18
Davison (Relief), circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
19
Underwood (Bust), circa 1910-1930
9 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
20
Con Edison Plaque, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
21
Selinger Children (Reliefs), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
22
Leroy Wiles (Bust), circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
23
Stuyvesant Reredos (Relief), circa 1910-1930
3 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
24
Hathaway School Fountain, Cleveland, Studio, circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
25
A. Lewisohn (Sitter), circa 1910-1930
7 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
26
Wm. Henry Harrison (Bust), circa 1910-1930
3 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
27
Wm. Henry Harrison (Bust), Studio, circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
28
Walt Whitman (Bust), Hall of Fame for Great Americans, circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
29
Peter Cooper (Bust), Hall of Fame for Great Americans, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
30
Eli Whitney (?) (Bust), Hall of Fame for Great Americans, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
31
Carl Maria von Weber (Bust), circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
32
Unidentified Sculpture, circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
33
Head of George Davison (Sitter), circa 1910-1930
6 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
34
H. L. Doherty (Sitter), circa 1910-1930
3 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
35
Unidentified Heads, Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
36
Unidentified Sculpture, Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
37
Rosemanry Mora (Bust), Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
38
Frances Ladd Sculpture, Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
39
Swimming Boy Sculpture, Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
40
Girl on Sphinx, Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
41
Anne Skidmore (Bust), Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
42
Small 'Beyond' (Ivory), Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
43
Showcase with Small Bronzes, Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
44
Young Girl with Tortoise (Bronze), Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
45
'Echo of Greece' Sculpture, Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
46
Robert McDonald (Relief), Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
6
47
Unidentified Bust, Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
6 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
6
48
Unidentified Sculpture, Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(4.25 x 5.5)
7
1
Unidentified Sculpture, Work in Memorial Studio, circa 1910-1930
4 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
7
2
Constantine Johnson (Bust), circa 1910-1930
7 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
7
3
Constantine Johnson (Sculpture), circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
7
4
Waterfall Sculpture, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
7
5
Charles M. Jacobs (Bust), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
7
6
Purves Family (Relief), circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
7
7
'The Awakening' (Marble), circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
7
8
Dawn (Head), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
7
9
'Vortex' (Sculpture), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
7
10
Unidentified Bust, circa 1910-1930
5 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
7
11
Unidentified Sculpture, circa 1910-1930
3 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
7
12
'Spirit of the Woods, A Stoker', circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
7
13
'Nero' (Bronze), Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
7
14
'Le Masque' (Bronze), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
7
15
Faun with Kid (Bronze), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
7
16
Indian Horse Group, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
7
17
Bacchante Head, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
7
18
Unidentified Sculpture, circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
7
19
'Out of Work' Sculpture, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
7
20
Bradbury Bust, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
7
21
Horses, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
7
22
Unidentified Sitter, circa 1910-1930
5 glass negatives
(5 x 7)
7
23
Unidentified Sculpture, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(5 x 7)
7
24
Unidentified Sculpture, Studio, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(4.25 x 5.5)
7
25
Unidentified Bust, circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(4.25 x 5.5)
7
26
Unidentified Drawing, "1st Mention", circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(4.25 x 5.5)
7
27
Unidentified Drawing, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(4.25 x 5.5)
7
28
Jonathan Thorne (Relief), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
8
1
Unidentified Sculpture, World's Fair San Francisco, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
8
2
Unidentified Sculpture, Studio, circa 1910-1930
3 glass negatives
(8 x 10)
8
3
Helen (Bust), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
8
4
Freda N. Brunn (Memorial Relief), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
8
5
"George and Harriet Davison and Their Son Robert Alfred" (Relief), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
8
6
Jean Olcott (Bust), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
8
7
Charles Perry 2nd (Headstone), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
8
8
Unidentified Bust, circa 1910-1930
8 glass negatives
(8 x 10)
8
9
'The Sacred Fire' Statue, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
8
10
Eleanor (Bust), circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(8 x 10)
8
11
Beata (Baby) Sculpture, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
8
12
'Achievement' Sculpture, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
8
13
Unidentified Sculpture, circa 1910-1930
10 glass negatives
(8 x 10)
8
14
Unidentified Sculpture, Studio, circa 1910-1930
4 glass negatives
(8 x 10)
8
15
Christian Herter (Relief/Plaque), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
8
16
'Actor's Fund' (Relief), circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(8 x 10)
8
17
DeVinne (Bust), circa 1910-1930
8 glass negatives
(8 x 10)
9
1
"In As Much As You Have Done ... " (Relief), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
9
2
Wood Figure, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
9
3
Man (Sculpture), circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
9
4
Unidentified Sculpture, Pan-Pacific Exposition, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
9
5
'Big Wave' Sculpture, circa 1910-1930
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
9
6
Unidentified Sculpture, 1913 February 4
1 glass negative
(8 x 10)
9
7
Unidentified Sculpture, circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(8 x 10)
9
8
Unidentified Sculpture with Tools, circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(8 x 10)
9
9
Unidentified Sculpture, Studio, circa 1910-1930
2 glass negatives
(9.5 x 11.75)
14
1
Cleveland Fountain: 'Sun,' 'Earth,' and 'Sun, Mist and Sea', circa 1910-1930
4 glass negatives
(9.5 x 11.75)
14
2
Oversized Photograph Album scanned with Box 4, Folder 34, circa 1940
11
4
Oversized Photographs of Artwork scanned with Box 4, Folder 39-42 and Box 5, Folder 1
Box 5, F 13
11
5
Oversized Photographs of Beach scanned with Box 5, Folder 7-8, 10, circa 1909-1931
11
6
Oversized Photographs of Places scanned with Box 5, Folder 13-14, circa 1920-1940
11
7

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.