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John William Casilear papers, 1832-1962

Casilear, John William, 1811-1893

Painter, Engraver


Collection Information

Size: 80 Items, (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: Correspondence, including two letters to engraver and landscape painter John Frederick Kensett, 1832-1833, four to his son, John W. Casilear, Jr. 1891-1892; typed excerpts from a diary kept by Kensett, 1840-1841; genealogical and biographical material including family documents, articles and publication extracts about Casilear, compiled and/or annotated by Grace Casilear Burr, John W. Casilear, Jr., and historian Foster Wild Rice; five original Casilear engravings; reproductions of art works; lists of art work; and family photographs, including a daguerreotype of Casilear, and two unidentified ambrotypes.

Biographical/Historical Note

Engraver, painter. The Casilear family were engravers of bank notes. In 1840, Casilear along with friends John Frederick Kensett, Asher B. Durand and others, went to Europe to study art.


Donated by Lawrence Fleischman, who received them from Foster Wild Rice, 1962. Rice, the great-grandson of bank note engraver Nathaniel Jocelyn, wrote a brief history of the Jocelyn family of engravers, The Jocelyn Engravers (1948), with whom Casilear was associated in the bank note engraving business. He acquired the papers from Grace Casilear Burr (d. 1906), and Miss Elinor Woolson, Casilear descendents.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Original Kensett diary in: Whitney Museum of Art.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel D177 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Some reproductions of paintings, and the listings of work contributed to the National Academy of Design are photocopies.

Kensett diary selections are typed excerpts.

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 William Casilear papers, 1832-1962. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.