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Glass plate negatives of the Provincetown Art Colony, 1916

Glass plate negatives of the Provincetown Art Colony, 1916

Provincetown Art Association

Collection Information

Size: 12 photographic negatives : glass, cm.

0.3 linear feet

Summary: Twelve glass plate negatives of artists of the Provincetown Art Colony, August 1916, as well as a photocopy of Philpott's article, "Biggest Art Colony in the World at Provincetown," from the Boston Globe, August 27, 1916. Negatives are a set of twelve believed to be taken for Philpott's article and include "Art Exhibition Town Hall," "Painters on Wharf," "George Elmer Brown in his studio," "Woman Painting in Lane," "Woman with Painting Gear," "Painters on Beach," "Wharf with Gulls and Dories" (titles were devised by donor). Also included is the original negative box.

Biographical/Historical Note

Philpott was an editor of the Boston Globe.


Eight negatives were donated 2006 by Stephen Borkowski, chair of the Provincetown Art Commission. Borkowski purchased the negatives at a flea market in Boston in 1996 or 1997. He was told they were from the estate of a Boston Globe photographer. Borkowski made the donation in honor of Vivian Bullaudy, friend and colleague who curated an exhibition on Provincetown artists. The additional four negatives were donated in 2008 jointly by Stephen Borkowski, chairman of the Provincetown Art Commission, and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.

Restrictions on Access

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How to Cite This Collection

Glass plate negatives of the Provincetown Art Colony, 1916. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.