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Dwight Blaney papers, [ca. 1883-1930]

Dwight Blaney papers, [ca. 1883-1930]

Blaney, Dwight, 1865-1944

Painter, Architect

Collection Information

Size: 3.2 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 3 reels)

Summary: Letters, sketches, sketchbooks, notebooks, scrapbook on John Singer Sargent, photographs, glass negatives, and printed materials.

REELS 4405-4407: Letters from artists, dealers, friends and colleagues, including Joseph DeCamp, Lilian Westcott Hale, Dodge Macknight, and George Dudley Seymour; files, containing letters from John Singer Sargent (12), and Frank Benson and one concerning an exhibition at the Kilgore Galleries (1924); sketchbooks (21 vols.), including a "Salmagundi Souvenir Book" with sketches by Blaney and others, and printed materials; selected pages of an illustrated botany notebook (1881-1882), a journal of observations on nature (1884-1885), and a notebook of poems, quotations, small sketches, and addresses (1892); and a scrapbook, 1911, containing snapshots of Benson.

Also included are photographic prints from glass negatives of Blaney's work and of works by William Paxton and Sargent; photographs of Sargent, including one of him painting on the deck of Blaney's boat, ca. 1924; handwritten exhibition lists; exhibition catalogs and notices; BOSTON ARTISTS by S.C. de Soissons, 1894; constitution, by-laws, and list of members of the Boston Society of Water Color painters, 1892; and clippings.

UNMICROFILMED: Sketches; a scrapbook on John Singer Sargent; 3 photographs of John L. Breck and his studio; exhibition catalogs; art history notebooks; printed materials; a lithograph by J.S. Schweinfurth; and glass negatives.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, architect; Boston, Mass. and Bar Harbor Me. Blaney family bought Ironbound Island in Bar Harbor, ca. 1893, where John Singer Sargent and other painters came to paint.


Papers on reels 4405-4407 were lent for filming and remainder donated 1990 by Benjamin Blaney, Blaney's grandson.

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reels 4405-4407 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.

How to Cite This Collection

Dwight Blaney papers, [ca. 1883-1930]. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.