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John Neagle papers, 1817-1865

Neagle, John, 1796-1865

Portrait painter


Collection Information

Size: 0.3 Items, (on 2 partial microfilm reels)

Summary: Letters, writings, business records, sketches and printed material.
Reel 3909: Letters from Neagle to Mary Sully Neagle, his children and a draft of a letter to Thomas Sully, and others; two journals kept by Neagle, "History of Painting, 1817" and "Lessons in Landscape Painting, 1827"; loose sheets of autobiographical matters such as "Thomas Sully's palette," an 1850 cashbook; a sketch of John Brown by Neagle; and a lease cosigned by George Catlin, 1822.
Reel 3910: Notebooks kept by Neagle including "Hints for a painter with regard to his study, 1837," "a volume containing discussions of artists such as Titian and Raphael, and another providing technical information on cleaning pictures and recipes.

Biographical/Historical Note

Portrait painter; Philadelphia, Penn. Neagle 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 notoriety. Neagle married Sully's step-daughter, Mary, in 1826.


The American Philosophical Society owns five Neagle notebooks, of which the APS filmed three. The Archives pruchased a copy of the film, and filmed the remaining two notebooks along with Neagle correspondence, printed matter and writings.

Location of Originals

  • Originals in: American Philosophical Society, 105 South 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 3909 available at Archives of American Art offices, through interlibrary loan and at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

35mm microfilm reel 3910 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 papers, 1817-1865. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.