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James Carroll Beckwith diary (in the New York Historical Society), 1895

Beckwith, J. Carroll (James Carroll), 1852-1917

Portrait painter, Landscape painter


Collection Information

Size: 1 Microfilm reel, 1 volume (200 p.) on 1 microfilm reel

Summary: This microfilmed diary was kept by Beckwith during 1895 while he was living in New York City. Beckwith writes of his constant worry about money; his dissatisfaction with his painting; of friends and personal matters; the portraits he is working on; art and artists,;his admiration for John Singer Sargent; classes at several art schools in the city; and the various clubs to which he belonged.

Biographical/Historical Note

James Carroll Beckwith (1852-1917) was a portrait and landscape painter in New York, New York. He studied art at the National Academy of Design before moving to Paris and studying at the École des Beaux-Arts and under Carolus-Duran. While in Paris, he shared a studio with painter John Singer Sargent, who also was also studying with Carolus-Duran. Beckwith taught at the Art Students League when he returned to New York. He was elected as a member of the National Academy of Design in 1894.


Lent for microfilming by the New York Historical Society, 1974.

Related Materials

The Archives of American Art also holds the James Carroll Beckwith papers, 1871-circa 1991, bulk 1875-1917.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Original in: The New York Historical Society.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 800 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

James Carroll Beckwith diary (in the New York Historical Society), 1895. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.