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John Frederick Peto and Peto family papers, 1850-1983

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Series 1: Biographical Material , circa 1870s-1983
(Box 1, OV 5; 9 folders)

This series contains biographical material documenting John Frederick Peto's life and career as an artist. Included are the certificate for his marriage to Christine Pearl Smith, two of his business cards, and written agreements with his daughter Helen giving her a clock and his cornet. Also found are items about his death in 1907, including his obituary, a lock of his hair "taken as he lay in his casket in his studio," and a memorial poem written by Samuel Callan. Helen Peto Smiley's notes on her father's artwork includes lists of artwork and prices, and miscellaneous items. Other writings include a brief essay on trompe-l'oeil painting in the United States, draft exhibition captions for Peto's artwork, and a brief biography of Peto written for an exhibition. Also found are a few items belonging to John Frederick Peto's father, Thomas Hope Peto, including business cards, and a ticket to the Centennial Exhibition in 1876 which includes his photograph.
Items are arranged in chronological order.
Description Container Select
Thomas H. Peto Items, circa 1870s, 1900s
1
1
Marriage Certificate, 1889
(See OV 5)
1
2
John Frederick Peto Business Cards, circa late 1800s
1
3
John Frederick Peto Gift Agreements with Helen Peto, 1902, 1906
1
4
John Frederick Peto Obituary, 1907
1
5
Lock of John Frederick Peto's Hair, 1907
1
6
"In Memoriam" by Samuel Callan, 1907
(See OV 5)
1
7
Notes on John Frederick Peto's Artwork by Helen Peto Smiley, circa 1949-1963
1
8
Writings about John Frederick Peto and Trompe-l'oeil Painting, 1963, 1968, 1983
1
9
Oversize Marriage Certificate, 1889
(See also Box 1, F2)
OV 5
Oversize "In Memoriam" by Samuel Callan, 1907
(See also Box 1, F7)
OV 5

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