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Henry O. Tanner letters to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1885-1909

Tanner, Henry Ossawa, 1859-1937

Photographer, Painter, Educator, Illustrator

Overview

Collection Information

Size: 1 Microfilm reel

Summary: This microfilm collection consists of the Henry O. Tanner letters to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Correspondence in this collection concerns the purchase of a painting by African American artist Henry O. Tanner for the Academy collection and the exhibition of Tanner's work. Letters from Robert Ogden to the Academy were written on Tanner's behalf.

Biographical/Historical Note

Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937) was an African American painter born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who spent much of his life in Paris, France. His work often depicts biblical scenes. Tanner trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts under Thomas Eakins. In 1891, Tanner traveled to Europe and settled in Paris, where he remained for the rest of his life.

Provenance

Microfilmed in 1990 as part of AAA's Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project. The letters are part of the records of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Related Materials

The Archives of American Art also holds the Henry Ossawa Tanner papers, 1860s-1978; the Alexander family papers relating to Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1912-1985; and the Marcia M. Mathews papers relating to Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1937-1969. The Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library holds the Henry Ossawa Tanner collection, 1907-1937.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals in: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 4397 available at Archives of American Art offices, through interlibrary loan, and at the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Henry O. Tanner letters to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1885-1909. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.