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Edmund Charles Tarbell papers, 1885-1978

Edmund Charles Tarbell papers, 1885-1978

Tarbell, Edmund Charles, 1862-1938

Painter, Teacher

Collection Information

Size: 1.5 linear ft. (on 3 microfilm reels)

Summary: Photographs, correspondence, scrapbooks, printed material; and papers of Josephine Tarbell Ferrell regarding her father.

REEL N68-103: Ca. 75 unidentified and undated photographs, mostly of Tarbell's work and exhibitions; six exhibition catalogs in which his work appears; clippings; 1 sketch by Tarbell, 1883; and 1 letter from Edward Redfield to "Mary".

REELS 4701-4702: Seven letters from Tarbell to his brother-in-law Augustus Nickerson, and sister, Nellie Sophia, 1885-1886, written from Venice, London and Paris mainly discussing his acceptance in the Paris Salon in 1886 and his studies at the Academie Julian and with William T. Dannat; 36 letters to his daughter Josephine Tarbell Ferrell, 1932-1938; correspondence regarding commissions, 1911-1940; Ferrell's correspondence regarding her efforts in the 1930s to preserve the Tarbell home in New Castle, N.H. as a memorial to her father, with letters from Eleanor Roosevelt, and Frank W. Benson, letters regarding exhibitions of her father's work, especially at the Pierce Galleries, 1939-1974, and her notebook with drafts of letters sent; on Tarbell, 1935;

8 p. of Ferrell's diary containing information on Tarbell, 1935; and writings on Tarbell by Ferrell, Ralph Dennett, and an unknown writer, 1938 and 1963-1964. Also included are printed material, 1898-1977, including exhibition announcements and catalogs from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Guild of Boston Artists, and elsewhere regarding Tarbell, Edward Redfield, Henry Ward Ranger and Frank Benson, magazines and newspaper clippings, and a scrapbook, 1902-1916, of clippings and other printed material; and photographs of Tarbell, his friends, family, Tarbell in his studio, exhibition installations of his work, works of art, and a photograph album.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, teacher; Boston, Mass. and New Hampshire. Born West Groton, Mass. Studied at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston School, and the Academie Julian. Taught at MFA, Boston School from 1889-1913. Member of the group, Ten American Painters. Considered leader of the Boston Impressionists.


Material on reel N68-103 was lent for microfilming 1968 by Mrs. John Schaffer (Mary Tarbell), daughter of Edmund Tarbell. Material on reels 4701-4702 was donated 1989 by his granddaughter, Mary Josephine Ferrell Cannon.

Location of Originals

  • Reel N68-103: Originals returned to the lender, Mary Tarbell Schaffer, after microfilming.

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reels N68-103 & 4701-4702 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access


How to Cite This Collection

Edmund Charles Tarbell papers, 1885-1978. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.