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Joseph Pennell papers, 1908-1935

Pennell, Joseph, 1857-1926

Painter, Engraver, Author, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 22 Items, (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: Material relating to THE LIFE OF JAMES MCNEILL WHISTLER by Elizabeth and Joseph Pennell; letters regarding the book from Howard Mansfield, Richard Canfield, Royal Cortissoz, Charles Freer, and Ernest Haskell; two photographs of a portrait of Whistler as a boy with his brother, John; and a photographic copy of the "first Daguerreotype of the human face... taken by J. W. 1839."

Biographical/Historical Note

Illustrator, etcher, and writer; New York, N.Y. Wrote and/or illustrated over 100 books.


The letter from Howard Mansfield to Mr. Carrington and the clipping of Bulliet's review were found by the donor, Orme Lewis, in a copy of the book A WHISTLER CENTENARY. The other materials were found in copies of the Pennells' volumes.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel D32 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

Joseph Pennell papers, 1908-1935. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.