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John Neagle notebooks and account books, 1824-1861

Neagle, John, 1796-1865

Portrait painter


Collection Information

Size: 3 Microfilm reels

Summary: Five volumes of notebooks and account books documenting personal activities, financial matters, information on art and artists.
REEL P23 (fr. 453-512): Commonplace book, May 1839, handwritten by Neagle, with note by Charles Henry Hart that the book was commenced on the above date, but much of the matter was copied from a book of memorandums kept by Neagle years before.
REELS 3656-3657: Four volumes of notebooks and account books documenting personal activities, financial matters, information on art and artists. The memorandum of articles loaned lists prints and books, when and to whom they were loaned and sometimes, when they were returned. Items loaned include Burke on the Sublime, Price on Picturesque, as well as others. The blotter discusses commissions, sitters, prices and dates, in the form of individual entries for most days. The cash book lists cash received, cash paid and the amount of money owed by each client. Student notebook includes a recipe for "Mastick Varnish" and quotations of Mengs, Reynolds and Lawrence as well as color samples from Sir Thomas Lawrence's palette as copied by Thomas Sully.

Biographical/Historical Note

Portrait painter; Philadelphia, Penn. aAt 14 years, Neagle apprenticed with Thomas Wilson, a coach and ornamental painter. Through Wilson, Neagle met and studied under Bass Otis. Influences on Neagle's work include Thomas Sully and Gilbert Stuart. Neagle's painting "Pat Lyon at the Forge" was exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy in 1827 and brought him recognition and a reputation as a fine painter. In addition to painting, he devoted his attentions to the Pennsylvania Academy, the Artists' Fund Society, and art theory.


Commonplace book microfilmed by AAA in 1955. Remainder microfilmed with other art-related collections at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania as part of the Archives of American Art's Philadelphia project.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 3656-3657 available at Archives of American Art offices; the Historical Society of Pennsylvania; the Free Library of Philadelphia; and through interlibrary loan.

35mm microfilm reel P23 available for use 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

John Neagle notebooks and account books, 1824-1861. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.