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John Cranch papers, 1831-1892

Cranch, John, 1807-1891

Portrait painter


Collection Information

Size: 8 Items, (on 2 partial microfilm reels)

Summary: A journal; watercolor and pencil sketches; and a photograph.
REEL 3569: A handwritten copy, ca. 1892, of a journal kept by John Cranch from 1831 to 1833 while studying in Italy. The journal contains descriptions of Italian art, architecture and scenery, an account of Cranch's physical and emotional state of health and his drawing and painting activities, and annotated pencil sketches. Cranch's travelling companions were Thomas Cole and Henry and Horatio Greenough. The journal was hand copied by Cranch's wife, Charlotte. Also included are 6 watercolor and pencil sketches, 1856 and 1886-1887.
REEL 3667: One photograph of Cranch in his studio at his daughter's home in Urbana, Ohio, ca. 1885.

Biographical/Historical Note

Portrait painter; Washington, D.C. and Urbana, Ohio.


Journals & sketches lent and photo donated 1985 by John E. Cranch, great-grandson of the artist.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to the lender, John E. Cranch, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 3569 & 3667 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

John Cranch papers, 1831-1892. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.