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Clifford W. Ashley papers, 1903-1964

Ashley, Clifford W. (Clifford Warren), 1881-1947

Painter, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 1 Linear foot, (on 5 microfilm reels)

Summary: Correspondence (ca. 900 letters), sketches, photographs, two exhibition catalogs, the manuscript of The Ashley Book of Knots, and miscellany. Much of the correspondence deals with Ashley's research for and the publication of his Yankee Clipper (1926). Among the correspondents are Henriette Wyeth, N.C. Wyeth (a 7 p. letter), Irving R. Wiles, Oliver LaFarge, Maxfield Parrish, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Booth Tarkington. One charcoal and three pencil sketches (34.8 x 24 cm. or smaller) are of a three mast sailing ship and pedestal for the Delano family cemetery monument designed by Ashley.
A pencil sketch and mechanical reproduction of an ink drawing (28 x 21.5 cm.) are of a map to Ashley's home near New Bedford used as an invitation to a party, 1936. Photographs are of Ashley, Ashley painting, works of art, artists' models, travels, and of a portrait of Ashley by Irving R. Wiles, 1926. Among the photos of Ashley are one taken by Robert H. Davis, ca. 1920's, and one by Sanborn Studio, Delaware, undated.

Biographical/Historical Note

Marine painter, writer, illustrator. Dedicated most of his artistic and literary work to the subject of whaling.


Donated by Ashely's widow, Mrs. Stephen Delano, 1972.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 457-461 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

Clifford W. Ashley papers, 1903-1964. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.