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Henry Rodman Kenyon papers, 1883-1958

Kenyon, Henry Rodman, 1861-1926



Collection Information

Size: 2 Linear feet, (on 2 microfilm reels)

Summary: Biographical data, letters, notes and writings, numerous sketches, sketchbooks, photographs, and printed material.
Included are: letters from galleries, purchasers of work, museums, friends and colleagues, among them Arthur Wesley Dow and Charles Selden; posthumous correspondence from Mrs. Kenyon and her executrix; miscellaneous notes; bills; a poem, "Scituate Wharves"; an American Federation of Arts exhibition list; a quote about Dow, 1923; and handwritten information about Kenyon's funeral. Also numerous sketches, some annotated, received in random order. Some are dated; others, drawn on envelopes or scraps of paper, were given dates based on postmarks or dated printed material. Undated sketches have been organized into the following categories: animals, boats, houses, nudes and faces, outdoor scenes, and miscellaneous subjects.
Also included are 18 sketchbooks containing sketches of Etaples and Concarneau (France), Holland, Venice, Pont Aven (Brittany), Ipswich, Mass., and unidentified locations; photographs of Kenyon, his wife and others, his Paris studio, a 1926 exhibition of his work, his Ipswich house, and a painting, inscribed by Robert W. Wickenden; exhibition catalogs, 1913-1926; a menu; a picture postcard of Kenyon's summer house in Wilton, N.H.; an admission card for varnishing day at the National Academy of Design; and clippings about an exhibition and Kenyon's burial.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; Ipswich, Mass. Studied painting in Paris throughout the 1880s where he met teacher and painter Arthur Wesley Dow. Settled in Ipswich, Mass. where Dow lived and ran a summer art school.


Lent for microfilming 1992 by Childs Gallery. The gallery owns paintings by Kenyon and received the papers from his heirs.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to the lender, Childs Gallery, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 4595-4596 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

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 Rodman Kenyon papers, 1883-1958. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.