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Ernest William Watson papers, 1949-1965

Watson, Ernest William, 1884-1969

Painter, Printmaker, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 1.4 Linear feet, (partially microfilmed on 2 reels)

Summary: Correspondence; research materials for a book; a tape recording; manuscripts; photographs; drawings; and miscellany.
REEL N70-46: Working mock-up, original drawings, layout, for Watson's book SKETCH DIARY (1965); and other works; plus clippings of articles by him.
REEL 64: Correspondence, 1949-1955, arising from Watson's position as editor-in-chief of the magazine AMERICAN ARTIST. Correspondence relates to articles for the magazine; color engraving; controversy between "modern" vs. "conservative" art; awards to watercolorists; gallery fees for exhibiting works of art; and personal matters.
UNMICROFILMED: Correspondence; various manuscripts and other papers relating to SKETCH DIARY; tape recording in which he tells about the establishment of Berkshire Summer School of Art in 1916; preliminary manuscripts of "Getting a Likeness"; photographs; drawings; Christmas cards from other artists; pencil rendering "Temple of Zeus," created as an advertisement for Eldorado pencils; and miscellany.

Biographical/Historical Note

Illustrator and block printer; New York, N.Y. Founder & editor of American Artist, 1937-1955.


Material on reel N70-46 lent for microfilming 1970; some drawings and portions of material of sketch diary was subsequently donated 1972 along with unmicrofilmed material by Eve Watson, widow of Watson; material on reel 64 donated 1971 by Norman Kent, editor of American Artist.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reel N70-46 (portions): Originals returned to Eve Watson after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels N 70-46 & 64 available for use 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

Ernest William Watson papers, 1949-1965. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.