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Flora de Stephano papers relating to Robert Frederick Blum, 1889-1932

De Stephano, Flora

Collector, Artists' model


Collection Information

Size: 0.2 Linear feet, (on a partial microfilm reel)

Summary: Letters, photographs and clippings about Blum collected by De Stephano. Correspondence includes 2 letters from Robert Blum (1889, 1900), a letter to Blum from De Stephano (1893), several cables and a letter about Blum's death (1903), letters and 2 legal documents relating to de Stephano's claims against Blum's estate (1903-1932), and letters pertaining to De Stephano's loan of works by Blum to the Carnegie Institute exhibition (1923). Photographs show Blum; groups including Blum, De Stephano, Otto Bacher, William Merritt Chase, John Twachtman, and J. Alden Weir; and paintings by Blum (1889-1911). Printed material consists of a Carnegie Institute exhibition catalog (1923) and 20 clippings (1901-1932).

Biographical/Historical Note

After Robert Blum's death, Flora de Stephano claimed to be his widow. She eventually received a small sum of money, some personal possessions, and three paintings by Blum from his executors.


The papers were given to the donor, Alan Pensler, by Webster de Stephano Smith, a descendant of Flora de Stephano.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 4039 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Exhibition catalog is a photocopy.

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

Flora de Stephano papers relating to Robert Frederick Blum, 1889-1932. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.