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A Finding Aid to the Isabel Bishop papers, 1914-1983 | Digitized Collection

Isabel Bishop papers, 1914-1983

Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988

Painter

The papers of Isabel Bishop in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2008 . The bulk of the papers have been scanned and total 2,150 images.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection Information

Size: 2.6 linear ft.

Summary: The collection documents Bishop's painting career, her friendship with other artists, and her participation in several arts organizations. There are scattered biographical documents, correspondence with fellow artists such as Peggy Bacon, Warren Chappell, Edward Laning, and R. B. Kitaj, and with writers, curators, museums, galleries, arts organizations, and others. Also found are arts organization files, Bishop's writings about Warren Chappell and friend Reginald Marsh, notes, exhibition catalogs, news clippings, and other printed material, photographs of Bishop and her artwork, and photographs of Reginald and Felicia Marsh. Original artwork includes 8 sketchbooks, loose sketches, prints, and watercolor figure studies.

Biographical/Historical Note

Isabel Bishop (1902-1988) was a painter from New York, N.Y.

Provenance

Donated by Isabel Bishop, 1959-1983. Material was microfilmed as it was received during the period 1959-1971. Material received after 1971 was processed and microfilmed, with funds provided by the Bay Foundation. Portions of material on reels NY59-4 & 5 were lent by the Whitney Museum of American Art and Midtown Galleries.

Related Materials

The Whitney Museum of American Art and Midtown Galleries loaned additional Bishop papers to the Archives for microfilming on reels NY59-4 and NY59-5. These items were returned to the lenders after microfilming and are not described in the container listing of this finding aid.

Funding

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.