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Daniel Varney Thompson letters to Edith Simonds Moore, 1925-1961

Daniel Varney Thompson letters to Edith Simonds Moore, 1925-1961

Thompson, Daniel V. (Daniel Varney), 1902-1980

Engineer, Art historian, Conservators (people in conservation)

Collection Information

Size: 3 items (on 1 partial microfilm reel)

Summary: Letters from Thompson to "Edie," his sister-in-law, Edith Simonds (Moore), regarding art work and techniques. The 1925 letter is written from Lachow, China while on an expedition with the Fogg Art Museum. Thompson describes a painting technique for wook-block he saw used which he recommends instead of printers' ink. In his Jan. 13, 1926 letter from Cambridge, he details techniques for fresco painting, gives a poor recommendation for the frescoe teaching techniques taught at the Fontainebleau School, and discusses his class at Harvard. In the final letter, Thompson recommends a varnishing technique using Krylon.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art historian, conservator, chemist engineer; d. 1980. Studied techniques of medieval, Renaissance painting. Professor at Courtald Institute, London, 1938-1947.

Provenance

Donated 1983-1984 by Edith Simonds Moore.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reel 5474 (fr. 873-885) 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

Daniel Varney Thompson letters to Edith Simonds Moore, 1925-1961. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.