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George Ault papers, 1892-1980

Ault, George, 1891-1948

Painter, Printmaker


Collection Information

Size: 1.5 Linear feet, (on 3 microfilm reels)

Summary: Correspondence; sketchbooks; photographs; record book; printed material and glass negatives.
REEL D247: Biographical information; correspondence undated and 1944; critical reviews from magazines; obituary notices; exhibition catalogs, 1908-1963; two sketchbooks, 1906-1908; and photographs of Ault, his family and paintings, including 2 by J.F. Ryder of Ault at one year, and of a Cleveland Art Association exhibition, 1895. Also included are correspondence of Louise (Mrs. George) Ault, 1937-1965, mainly dealing with her efforts to exhibit and sell her husband's work after his death, and her writings on George Ault.
REEL 1927: A 48-page record book of sales and gifts of Ault's work, 1913-1980; a biographical sketch; and four letters, 1947-1948, from Ault to Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Lawrence about their purchase of his painting, "Bright Lights." Also included are Louise Ault's correspondence concerning donations of her husband's works, 1969-1977; her correspondence with the Whitney Museum, 1977, regarding its exhibition "George Ault: Nocturnes," and a catalog from the exhibition.
REEL 3935: Biographical account; a list of works in public collections; typescripts of newspaper reviews; clippings, exhibition catalogs; and 60 photographs (59 with negatives) of works of art.
15 glass negatives of Ault's work have not been microfilmed.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; New York City. Reputation established 1920s.


Donated by Louise Ault. Material on reel 3935 was donated by Syracuse University, George Arents Research Library, who received it from Louise Ault.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels D247, 1927, and 3935 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

George Ault papers, 1892-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.