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Subseries 12.3 | A Finding Aid to the Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974 | Digitized Collection

Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974

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12.3: Writings, circa 1905-1977, undated

This subseries documents the published and unpublished writings of Germain Seligman and works co-authored with his wife. The subseries includes drafts and published copies of documents, correspondence regarding projects, research notes, and other supporting material including printed material and photographs of works of art. Reviews of some of Seligman's writings can also be found here. Material is organized into four subseries sections.
This series has been partially scanned. Exceptions are noted in the individual series descriptions.
12.3.1:Books, circa 1905-1977, undated
Records found here document research for, and publication of, four books by Germain Seligman. His 1969 edition,
Roger de La Fresnaye, with a Catalogue Raisonné
, received awards and was highly lauded by art scholars and curators. This work follows from an earlier 1945 monograph on the artist that Seligman wrote, but the 1969 version added more detailed information about the artist and his works and included many illustrations, of which thirty-two were reproduced in color and hand-mounted as plates in the text.
Merchants of Art, 1880-1960: Eighty Years of Professional Collecting
, published in 1961, provides a history of Jacques Seligmann & Co., Inc., along with Germain's reminiscences about his father and important collectors and collections that were associated with the firm.
The Drawings of Georges Seurat
was published in 1947, followed thereafter by the 1952 publication of
Oh! Fickle Taste; or, Objectivity in Art
, in which Seligman addresses the importance of political and social climates in understanding the evolution of art collecting in the United States.
In addition to general research material, files relating to
Roger de La Fresnaye, with a Catalogue Raisonné
include correspondence with individuals such as Jean Cocteau, Victor and Jean Hugo, and Simone de La Fresnaye. Notes include documentation of interviews conducted with dealers and friends of de La Fresnaye. Some interviewees Germain consulted include Georges Auric, Suzanne de Balasy, Mme. Philippe Clement, Bernard Dorival, Jean Hugo, Valentine Hugo, Mme. Henry Kapferer, Mme. Klotz, M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., Valentine de Miré, Georges Moos, Mme. E. Nebelthau, and André Dunoyer de Sagonzac. Also found are two working manuscripts of the publication with handwritten notes scattered throughout and an addendum to the catalog in the form of an article published in
Revue de L'Art
in 1972. An early draft of the same article translated into English is also included here.
Files relating to
Merchants of Art
begin with a draft of the publication, which is dated 1959 in the preface. This appears to be a later version of the 1955 draft of
Our Business Is Their Pleasure
(Seligman's original title for the book), which can also be found here.
Our Business Is Their Pleasure
was apparently translated into French as
Le Musée Dispersé
, and two working copies of a draft of this manuscript are also included here. The records also contain correspondence relating to publication and rights to reproduction of artwork, information that Seligman compiled about significant art collections, and reviews upon publication of the book. Two glass negatives and a photographic print of a painting of Jacques Seligmann (used as an illustration for
Merchants of Art
) can be found in Family and Biographical Material (Series 12.1).
DescriptionContainer
Roger de La Fresnaye, with a Catalogue Raisonné
(1969)
Draft, Catalogue I: Early Years to 1918/1919, circa 1969
437
1
Draft, Catalogue II: 1919-1925, circa 1969
437
2
Addendum Draft,
Roger de La Fresnaye: Voyage to Italy in 1911
, 1972, undated
437
3
Illustrations for Catalog, circa 1969
437
4
Correspondence: Barnes Foundation, 1963
437
5
Correspondence: Cocteau, Jean, 1963
437
6
Correspondence: de La Fresnaye, Roger, 1920-1925, undated
copies
437
7
Correspondence: de La Fresnaye, Simone, 1963-1973
437
8
Correspondence:
Editions Ides et Calendes
, 1965-1973
2 folders
437
9-10
Correspondence: Hugo, Jean, 1963
438
1
Correspondence: General, 1933, 1957-1962
438
2
Correspondence: General, 1962-1963 January-February
438
3
Correspondence: General, 1963 March
438
4
Correspondence: General, 1963 April
438
5
Correspondence: General, 1963 May
438
6
Correspondence: General, 1963 June-December
2 folders
438
7-8
Correspondence: General, 1963-1964
439
1
Correspondence: General, 1965-1967
439
2
Correspondence: General, 1968-1977
439
3
Correspondence: Letters of Congratulations, 1969-1971
439
4
Interviews, 1959-1964, undated
439
5
Lists of Artwork by de La Fresnaye, 1936, 1957-1963, undated
439
6
Paintings, 1958-1974
439
7
Sculpures, 1963-1966
439
8
Photographs and Reproductions of Artwork by de La Fresnaye, 1925, 1950-1976, undated
2 folders
439
9-10
Artwork Not Included in the
Catalogue Raisonné
, A-G, 1963-1966, undated
440
1
Artwork Not Included in the
Catalogue Raisonné
, H-Z, 1963-1966, undated
440
2
Photographs of de La Fresnaye and Family Homes, 1914-1925, 1963-1964, undated
440
3
Miscellaneous Notes and Printed Matter, 1920-1970, undated
440
4
Clippings Regarding de La Fresnaye, 1931-1970
not scanned
440
5
Auction Catalogs Containing Works by de La Fresnaye, 1974, undated
440
6
Awards, 1969-1971
440
7
Copper Plate Illustrations for
Catalogue Raisonné
, circa 1969
not scanned
441
1
Merchants of Art, 1880-1960: Eighty Years of Professional Collecting
(1961)
Draft,
Merchants of Art
, Chapters 1-3, 1959
not scanned
442
1
Draft,
Merchants of Art
, Chapters 4-6, 1959
not scanned
442
2
Draft,
Merchants of Art
, Chapters 7-9, 1959
not scanned
442
3
Draft,
Merchants of Art
, Chapters 10-12, 1959
not scanned
442
4
Draft,
Merchants of Art
, Chapters 14-15, 1959
not scanned
442
5
Draft,
Merchants of Art
, Chapters 17-19, 1959
not scanned
442
6
Draft,
Merchants of Art
, Chapters 20-22, 1959
not scanned
442
7
Draft,
Merchants of Art
, Chapters 23-26, 1959
not scanned
442
8
Draft,
Our Business Is Their Pleasure
, 1955
2 folders
Not scanned
442
9-10
Draft,
Le Musée Dispersé
, Copy 1,Chapters 1-6, 1955
not scanned
443
1
Draft,
Le Musée Dispersé
, Copy 1, Chapters 7-12, 1955
not scanned
443
2
Draft,
Le Musée Dispersé
, Copy 1, Chapters 13-18, 1955
not scanned
443
3
Draft,
Le Musée Dispersé
, Copy 1, Chapters 19-24, 1955
not scanned
443
4
Draft,
Le Musée Dispersé
, Copy 2, Chapters 1-4, 1955
not scanned
443
5
Draft,
Le Musée Dispersé
, Copy 2, Chapters 5-11, 1955
not scanned
443
6
Draft,
Le Musée Dispersé
, Copy 2, Chapters 12-18, 1955
not scanned
443
7
Draft,
Le Musée Dispersé
, Copy 2, Chapters 19-24, 1955
not scanned
443
8
Correspondence: Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc. (Publishers), 1952-1963
2 folders
Not scanned
444
1-2
Correspondence: General, 1948-1962, undated
not scanned
444
3
Correspondence: Permission Letters, 1953-1961
2 folders
Not scanned
444
4-5
Lists of Illustrations and Their Sources, 1956-1960, undated
not scanned
444
6
Research Material: Artwork List, undated
not scanned
444
7
Research Material: Artwork by Artist, A-D, undated
not scanned
444
8
Research Material: Artwork by Artist, F-L, undated
not scanned
445
1
Research Material: Artwork by Artist, M-W, undated
not scanned
445
2
Research Material: Artwork by Period and Type, undated
not scanned
445
3
Research Material: General, circa 1906-1961, undated
3 folders
Not scanned
445
4-6
Research Material: Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), circa 1905-1954, undated
not scanned
445
7
Research Material: Rothschild Collections, 1952-1959, undated
not scanned
446
1
Research Material: Wallace Collection, circa 1910-1961, undated
not scanned
446
2
Research Material: Photographs of Works of Art, undated
3 folders
Not scanned
446
3-5
Scrapbook of Reviews, 1961-1964
not scanned
446
6
The Drawings of Georges Seurat
(1947)
Correspondence, 1945-1946
446
7
Correspondence, 1945-1949, undated
446
8
List of Drawings, circa 1947
446
9
Notes, undated
446
10
Photographs of Works of Art, undated
2 folders
Not scanned
447
1-2
Oh! Fickle Taste; or, Objectivity in Art
(1952)
Correspondence and Notes, 1952-1958, undated
not scanned
447
3
Reviews, 1952-1954
not scanned
447
4
Scrapbook of Reviews, 1952-1956
not scanned
447
5
12.3.2:Articles, 1924-1974, undated
This subseries includes published and unpublished articles by Germain Seligman as well as supporting material such as correspondence, research material, printed material, and photographs of works of art. Arrangement is alphabetical by title of article, thereafter by subject. Material within folders is chronological.
DescriptionContainer
Declin del'Influence des Historiens d'Art Français aux Etats-Unis
Drafts and Correspondence, circa 1965-1966
447
6
Klaus Berger,
Géricault und sein Werk
Book Review (1953)
Copy of Review and Related Letters to Editor, 1953-1954
447
7
Correspondence and Memoranda, 1951-1954, undated
447
8
Notes and Research Material, 1924-1960, undated
447
9
Why Rococo and What Is Rococo?
(circa 1970)
Drafts, circa 1969
447
10
Correspondence, 1968-1969, undated
447
11
Research Material, 1946-1971, undated
2 folders
448
1-2
12.3.3:Miscellaneous Writings, 1950-1962, undated
This subseries includes notes and related research material for a lecture on paintings of the Netherlands and observations on collecting that were possibly delivered as a lecture. Arrangement is alphabetical by subject. Materials within folders is chronological.
DescriptionContainer
About Collecting, 1954-1962, undated
448
3
[Early Paintings of the Netherlands], Lecture Notes and Photographs of Works of Art, 1950, undated
2 folders
Folder 5 not scanned
448
4-5
Letter to Editor of the
New York Times
Regarding Shipping of Michelangelo's Pietà to New York World's Fair, 1962
448
6
12.3.4:Writings with Ethlyne J. Seligman, 1946-1969, undated
In this subseries are copies of published articles and related research material that Germain Seligman co-authored with his wife, Ethlyne J. Seligman.
DescriptionContainer
The Louis XIV Statue of 1675 by Martin Desjardins (1968)
Copy of Article and Drafts, circa 1967-1968
448
7
Correspondence, 1952-1969, undated
448
8
Research Material, 1946-1969, undated
448
9
Photographs of Works of Art, undated
448
10
The Myth of the Fragonard Portraits at Chantilly; or, the Re-Discovery of Jean-Marie Ribou
(1958)
Copies of Article in
Art Quarterly
, 1958
449
1
Correspondence, 1954-1956, undated
449
2
Research Material, circa 1954-1958
449
3

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
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