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James Britton papers, circa 1905-1984, bulk 1905-1935

Britton, James, 1878-1936

Painter, Editor, Art critic

This site provides access to the papers of James Britton in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2010. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 6,872 images.

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

Collection Information

Size: 4.3 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of painter and writer James Britton measure 4.3 linear feet and date from circa 1905-1984, with the bulk of the material dating from circa 1905-1935. The bulk of the papers consist of 49 diaries dating from 1918-1935, plus notebooks of diary excerpts, that chronicle Britton's daily activities and include lists, illustrations, and drafts of correspondence. Additional papers include biographical information compiled by the Britton family; scattered business and financial records; correspondence, including copies of Britton's letters to the editors of the Hartford Courant and the Hartford Times; additional writings and notes that include drafts and manuscripts of an autobiography, drafts of articles for his publication Art Opus, and other writings; sketches and a woodcut print; printed materials, including clippings of his published writings for Art Review International, Book Notes, and Opus; and one photograph of Britton and of works of art. There is a 1.4 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated 2020 that includes correspondence, writings by Britton about art, printed material (some annotated ), lists of works of art by Britton and others, and sketches by Britton.

Biographical/Historical Note

James Britton (1878-1936) was a portrait painter and writer active in Connecticut and New York. Britton wrote extensively about American art and artists and was the editor of his own publications Art Review International and Opus . Also, he was a member of the group of New York painters and sculptors known as The Eclectics.

Provenance

Donated 1985 and 2020 by Barbara and Ursula Roberts Britton, granddaughters of James Britton.

Funding

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