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Frederick Stuart Church collection, circa 1885-1905

Church, Frederick S. (Frederick Stuart), 1842-1924

Painter, Etcher, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 10 items.

Summary: Letters, some illustrated, from Frederick Stuart Church to various people, and works of art including a sketch and etchings by Church.

Letters from Church are to Mr. Van Allen, 1898 Oct. 7, regarding a work of art by Church, that he suggested calling Easter Morning; three illustrated letters to Mike Gavin, 1905, in which Church describes himself as a bear and humourosly addresses one letter to Myrtle. Additional letters and works of art, undated, from Church include a note to an unknown recipent, possibly Victor Spark, regarding a female model; a letter to Mr. Putnam regarding Kenyon Cox; an illustrated letter to W.F. Price; a letter to Mr. Hogan regarding an etching that Church made for him; an illustrated note (unknown recipient) in which Church writes "This is a photo of a painting I gave to the Fund for relief of discharged employees of the Stock Exchange" with a photograph enclosed of the painting Mothers Return; and a signed sketch of a tiger by Church.

Biographical/Historical Note

Frederick Stuart Church (1842-1924) was a painter in New York, N.Y. Church worked in oil, watercolor, and etching and specialized in animals.


Note (Reel D8, fr.445) donated by Victor Spark; letters on reel D8 donated 1955-1962 by Charles E. Feinberg, a long time friend and active donor to AAA. The note and photo on reel 2802 donated 1966 by Cummer Gallery of Art, Jacksonville, Fla., who received it from "a lady in Jacksonville." The donor of the sketch on reel 2802 is unknown. Letter to Mr. Van Allen donated 1960 by the Flint Art Museum. Three letters to Michael Gavin donated 2012 by Ann Gavin Ffolliott, Michael Gavin's great-niece.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reels D8, 2802, and 3480 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. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Frederick Stuart Church collection, circa 1885-1905. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.