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Series 2 | 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 2: Project Files, 1846-1999
1.6 linear feet
Boxes 1-2, 11, OV 12-13

Project files document commissions and a few proposals for commissions not awarded, as well as Beach's own projects. The files - some sparse, and others extremely detailed - may include correspondence, financial records, notes, drawings, printed material, and photographs. Photographs are mainly of completed sculpture, but many files also contain views of maquettes, work in progress, and pictures of sitters. Found less frequently are site photographs and pictures of events such as unveilings and dedication ceremonies.
Sun and Earth
,
Fountain of the Waters
, and
Zodiac
produced for the Fine Art Gardens of the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the
Edward W. Bok Memorial
in Mountain Lake, Florida, are among Beach's most extensively documented commissions. These projects were done in conjunction with Frederick Law Olmsted, and their respective files contain correspondence with Olmsted and members of his firm.
Other well-documented projects of note are:
Riders of the Elements
, commissioned for the 1939 New York World's Fair; Brewster (NY) Civil War Monument, Crosby Post #302, with documentation of its late 20th century restoration; six busts commissioned for the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, 1924-1932; and portrait busts,
President William Henry Harrison
for the Virginia State Capitol and
Senator Oscar W. Underwood
for the United States Capitol. The project file for
The Legend of Archmere
contains numerous finished drawings.
Nineteenth century items consist of a few publications and prints used as reference sources for portraits. Posthumous material in these files was added by Eleanor Beach Fitchen who ran the Chester Beach Memorial Studio, acted as the estate's sales agent, and maintained her father's archive.
Materials are arranged alphabetically by artwork title or by name of subject.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
DescriptionContainer
Alderfer,
Jacob Franklin Alderfer
, 1947
1
5
A.T. and T.,
Service to the Nation in War and Peace
(bronze and marble), 1924-1926
Oversized material housed in OV 13
1
6
Babbott
Dr. Frank Babbott
(bronze, 1933); Family hands (bronze), 1933-1934
1
7
Lydia Babbott
(ivory and 4 bronzes, 1931), 1931
1
8
A Bacchante
(marble, 1910?), circa 1990
1
9
Bacchus and Faun
(bronze, 1908), circa 1920
1
10
Beach
Beata Beach
(terra cotta), circa 1940
1
11
My Wife, Eleanor
(marble), 1914-1915
1
12
Beyond
(marble, 1920), 1996
1
13
Big Wave
(bronze, 1913), 1965
1
14
Bok,
Edward W. Bok Memorial
(Mountain Lake, Florida, 1928)
Correspondence, Financial Records, 1927-1931
1
15
Notes, Drawings, Printed Material, Photographs, 1927-1959
Oversized material housed in OV 12
1
16
Boy with Boat
(ivory, 1920), 1965-1966
1
17
Boy with Pipes
(bronze, 1918), 1920
1
18
Breath of the Pines
(bronze, 1906-1907), circa 1920
1
19
Brewster Civil War Monument
, Crosby Post #302 (bronze and marble, 1933)
Correspondence, Working Sketches, Printed Material, 1932-1933
1
20
Restoration, 1997-1998
Oversized material housed in OV 13
1
21
Photographs, circa 1933, 1997-1998
1
22
Brown
Gordon Brown Memorial
(marble, 1914), 1914
1
23
John Crosby Brown Memorial
(bronze, 1910), 1910
1
24
Brunn,
Freda M. Brunn Memorial
(bronze, 1909-1910), circa 1920
1
25
Buffalo Bill Half Dollar (not produced), 1936
1
26
Chalmers,
Ann Chalmers
(terra cotta), 1941
1
27
Cleveland Museum of Art
Correspondence, 1926
1
28
Correspondence, 1927
1
29
Correspondence, 1928
1
30
Notes; Drawing; Plan; Printed Material, circa 1926-1938
Oversized material housed in OV 13
1
31
Photographs
Completed Sculpture, circa 1927-1928, 1963-1998
1
32
Models and Construction, circa 1926-1928
1
33
Site, circa 1926-1927
1
34
Dedication Ceremony, 1928
1
35
Cloud
(marble, 1912), circa 1920
1
36
Crane Fountain (Hathaway Brown School, Cleveland; bronze, 1930), 1930
Oversized material housed in OV 12
1
37
Crowing
, circa 1920
1
38
Crying
(terra cotta, 1915), circa 1920
1
39
Davison
George W. Davison
(bronze, 1910), 1910
1
40
Harriet Davison
(marble, 1913), 1912-1942
1
41
Robert and Alfred Davison
(Wesleyan College Infirmary; marble, 1935), 1935
1
42
Dawn Evening
;
Dawn Youth and Age
;
Head of Dawn
(marble, 1918), 1918
1
43
De Silver,
Harrison De Silver, One Year
(marble, 1915), 1915
1
44
De Vinne,
Louis De Vinne
(bronze, 1926), 1912-1936
1
45
Doherty,
Henry L. Doherty
, 1932-1942
1
46
Echo of Greece
(ivory, bronze), circa 1920
1
47
Elliot,
Professor Elliot
(bronze, 1918), 1918
1
48
Emmons,
George E. Emmons
(General Electric Co.; bronze, 1925), 1925
1
49
First Born
(marble, 1912), circa 1920
1
50
Fish Fountain
(cement, 1922?), circa 1920
1
51
Fitchen,
Douglas Beach Fitchen
,
Ellen Elizabeth Fitchen
, and
Anne W. Fitchen
[Beach grandchildren], circa 1920, 1970
1
52
Fountain Figure
, circa 1920
1
53
Gates,
Dorothy Gates, Ten Days Old
, 1924
1
54
Glint of the Sea
(bronze, 1924), 1928-1965
1
55
Grant,
Madison Grant
(bronze, circa 1919-1920), 1920
1
56
Gray,
William S. Gray
(bronze, 1925?), 1935-1968
1
57
Great Grandmother
(marble), 1946
1
58
Hall of Fame for Great Americans, New York
Peter Cooper
(bronze, 1924), 1924
Oversized material housed in OV 12
1
59
Asa Gray
(bronze, 1925), 1925
1
60
George Mason
(marble, 1932), 1932-1937
1
61
Samuel F. B. Morse
(bronze, 1928), 1927-1928
1
62
Walt Whitman
(bronze, 1931), 1931-1938
1
63
Eli Whitney
(bronze, 1926), 1846-1926
1
64
Haney,
James Parton Haney Memorial
(bronze, 1925), 1917-1925
1
65
Harrison,
President William Henry Harrison
(Virginia State Capitol; bronze, 1931)
Correspondence, 1930-1931
1
66
Drawings, Printed Material, Photographs, 1931-1946
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 1
1
67
Head of Legato
and Fragment (marble, 1910?), 1912
1
68
Herrara,
General Herrara
(1911), circa 1920
1
69
Herter,
Christian Herter
(bronze, 1911 and 1913), circa 1920
1
70
Holt,
Dr. Luther E. Holt Memorial Tablet
(Babies' Hospital; marble, 1930), 1928-1930
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 1
1
71
Humanity in Industry, Maskell Ewing Fox, Sr., Cephas Brainerd Fox, Louis Vultee Fox, Maskell Ewing Fox, Jr.
(M. Ewing Fox Co.; bronze, 1932), 1932
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 1
1
72
Ideals/The Artist's Vision/The Inexpressible
, circa 1920
1
73
Jacobs,
Charles M. Jacob
s (marble, 1908), circa 1920
1
74
Johnson,
Constantine Johnson
(terra cotta bust and figure, 1916), circa 1920
1
75
Julliard,
Augustus D. Julliard
(bronze), 1924-1925
1
76
Key,
Francis Scott Key
, circa 1920
1
77
Ladd,
Anthony Ladd
(terra cotta, 1931);
Frances Ladd
(bronze), 1923, 1970
2
1
Leaping Spray
, 1929
2
2
Leeming,
Helen Leeming
(marble, 1909), 1971-1973
2
3
The Legend of Archmere
, 1916
2
4
Lewisohn,
Adolph Lewisohn
(bronze, 1926), 1925-1926
2
5
MacDonald, Helen,
Medallion of Child
(bronze and 2 ivory reductions), 1932
2
6
Mermaid
, circa 1920, 1970
2
7
Miller, Marilyn (Mrs. Jack Pickford; ivory figurine), 1925
2
8
Mora,
Rosemary Mora
, circa 1920
2
9
New York Edison Co. Relief commemorating "fifty years of New York Edison Co. service to New York City in home and industry" (bronze, 1932), 1932
2
10
Olcott,
Jean Olcott
(marble, 1913), 1913
2
11
Oregon Trail Memorial Half Dollar [commission awarded to James Earle Fraser and Laura Gardin Fraser], 1926-1929
2
12
Panama-Pacific Exposition (1 group and 2 figures; plaster), 1915-1916
2
13
Perry
Mrs. Thomas Perry
(marble, 1943), 1942-1943
2
14
Perry Tombstone
(marble), 1914-1923
2
15
Purves,
Mrs. Austin M. Purves
(marble, 1909), 1907-1918
2
16
Resor,
Stanley Resor
(bronze, 1933), 1933-1965
2
17
Riders of the Elements
(New York World's Fair)
Description of Group, Sketches, Correspondence, Contract, 1937-1938
2
18
Construction, Publicity, 1938-1939
Oversized materials housed in OV 12
2
19
Photographs, circa 1939-1940
2
20
Rising Sea Mists
, 1926-1927
2
21
Robinson,
Professor Robinson
(University of Kansas; bronze, 1917), 1917
2
22
Sacred Fire
(marble, 1921), circa 1920
2
23
Scallop Fountain
, circa 1920
2
24
Scott,
Mrs. Donald Scott and Sons
(bronze, 1917), circa 1920
2
25
Sea Horses
(bronze, 1924), circa 1920
2
26
Seliger, Portraits of two daughters (terra cotta, 1931?), 1932
2
27
Skidmore,
Ann Skidmore
, 1965
2
28
Sleeping, Two Days Old
(marble, 1912), circa 1920
2
29
Snowflake Dance
(marble, 1913), circa 1920
2
30
Spirit of the Greek Games
(Barnard College; bronze), 1924-1999
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 1
2
31
Spring
(marble, 1912), circa 1920
2
32
Stoiber Tombstone
(1920?), circa 1920
2
33
Stoker
, circa 1920
2
34
Stuyvesant,
Augustus Van Horne Stuyvesant Memorial
(St. Mark's Church In-the-Bowery; marble, 1918), 1953-1984
2
35
Sun and Earth
;
Fountain of the Waters
(Cleveland Museum of Art; marble), 1926-1996
Oversized material housed in OV 13
2
36
Sundial, Touchstone Garden, circa 1920
2
37
Surf
(bronze; later version carved in marble), 1926-1947
2
38
Swimmin'
(marble, 1907), 1942-1947
2
39
Sylvan
(marble, 1928), 1924-1968
2
40
Tefft,
Ethel Tefft
, circa 1920, 1970
2
41
Thorne,
Jonathan Thorne
(bronze, 1910), circa 1920
2
42
To the City of Immigrants
(1908), circa 1990
2
43
Toto
(ivory, 1922), circa 1920
2
44
Townsend Memorial
(bronze), 1934-1936
2
45
Underwood,
Senator Oscar W. Underwood
(U. S. Capitol; marble, 1933)
Correspondence, Notes, Drawings, Printed Material, 1932-1942
Oversized material housed in OV 12
2
46
Photographs, 1932-1942
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 2
2
47
Unfolding of Life
(marble), 1914
2
48
Union Square Park Memorial Competition (commission not awarded [4th place]), 1926
Oversized material housed in OV 13
2
49
Unveiling of Dawn
(marble, 1912), 1917-1948
2
50
Vitale,
Gioia Vitale
, 1918
2
51
Vortex of Life
(marble), 1993
2
52
War and Peace Medal
(bronze), 1968
2
53
War Medals,
American Defense Service Medal
;
Good Conduct Medal
, 1941-1942
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 1
2
54
Washington,
George Washington Monument at Fort Necessity
(not funded), 1931-1932
2
55
Waterfall
(marble, 1908), 1915
2
56
Wave Head
, circa 1920
2
57
Wave Horses
, 1912
2
58
Weber,
Carl Maria von Weber
(bronze, 1909), circa 1920
2
59
Wells,
Florence Wells
(intaglio in mother of pearl; locket size in bronze), 1933-1992
2
60
Wilkes,
Lemmuel Wilkes
(bronze, 1909), 1922
2
61
Woods Figure
(bronze, 1912), circa 1920
2
62
Young Nymph I
, 1910
2
63
Young Pan/Child Pan
, circa 1920
2
64
Zodiac
(Cleveland Museum of Art; marble), 1926-1928
2
65
Oversized Designs and Drawings scanned with Box 1, Folder 67, 71-72 and Box 2, Folder 31, 54, 1924-1946
11
1
Oversized Photographs scanned with Box 2, Folder 47, 1932-1942
11
2
Oversized Blueprints and Designs scanned with Box 1, Folder 16, 37, 59 and Box 2, Folder 19, 46, 1909-1942
OV 12
Oversized Blueprints and Designs scanned with Box 1, Folder 6, 21, 31 and Box 2, Folder 36, 49, 1924-1938
OV 13

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