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Jane Peterson papers, 1907-1981

Peterson, Jane, 1876-1965



Collection Information

Size: 0.4 Linear feet

Summary: Biographical sketches, Peterson's will, five letters, writings on art-related subjects, drawings for her book, FLOWER PAINTING, scrapbook pages, clippings, an exhibition catalog, a copy of FLOWER PAINTING, a copy of J. Jonathan Joseph's book, JANE PETERSON and photographs of Peterson, her family and her homes.
In addition to six biographical accounts and Peterson's will with two codicils (dated 1960-1966), correspondence consists of a 1909 letter from G. Sorolla concerning travel details, 3 letters (1924-1959) to Peterson concerning the exhibition of her work; and an announcement for her 1939 wedding to James S. McCarthy. Thirteen brief essays (1917-1951) discuss Peterson, her travels, and her opinions of artists, including 2 essays about F. Hopkinson Smith, a poem "To Jane Peterson" by Hazel King Tillman and twenty-six of Peterson's drawings for FLOWER PAINTING.
Fragmented pages from 2 scrapbooks (1907-1910 and 1925-1928) contain clippings and six letters. Printed materials also include clippings (1909-1968), a 1925 exhibition catalog for Peterson's Constantinople paintings at the Ehrich Galleries, New York; a copy of FLOWER PAINTING (1946) and a copy of J. Jonathan Joseph's JANE PETERSON: AN AMERICAN ARTIST (1981). Photographs (1926-1950) depict Peterson, her family and homes, Peterson painting in her studio, her garden, and on the beach, as well as views of docked sailboats and the Canadian Rockies.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter. Studied with Frank Brangwyn and G. Sorolla. Married to M. Bernard Philipp, then to James S. McCarthy.


The papers were collected by the donor, J. Jonathan Joseph, in the course of research on Peterson.

Language Note

The letter from G. Sorolla is in Spanish.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

The will is a photocopy.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Jane Peterson papers, 1907-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.