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Earl Shinn letters and diary from the collection at Swarthmore College, 1852-1889

Shinn, Earl, 1838-1886

Painter, Art critic

Collection Information

Size: 0.2 Linear feet (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: Letters to and from Earl Shinn describing his life as an art student in Paris, and the Philadelphia art scene. Correspondents include Thomas Eakins, William Trost Richards, William Merrit Chase and others. An undated diary records a journey to France.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art critic Earl Shinn wrote under the pseudonym Edward Strahan.


The Earl Shinn papers are part of the Richard Tapper Cadbury collection at Swarthmore College. They were microfilmed in the order established by the lender.

Location of Originals

  • Originals in the Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pa.