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Jules David Prown research material on artists, 1935-2010, bulk 1958-1975

Jules David Prown research material on artists, 1935-2010, bulk 1958-1975

Prown, Jules David, 1930-

Art historian

Collection Information

Size: 11.8 linear feet

Summary: Jules David Prown research material on artists measures 11.8 linear feet and dates from 1935 to 2010, with the bulk of the material dating from 1958 to 1975. Prown, an art historian and educator, is an authority on the work of artist John Singleton Copley, and these papers contain related notes, subject files, correspondence, portrait and attribution files, and photographs of artwork. Also found are Prown's research files on other artists, including Benjamin West, typescripts of his lectures, and copies of his published writings.

The bulk of the collection consists of Prown's research material on the work of John Singleton Copley, including notes and correspondence he compiled while working on his dissertation and later two-volume work John Singleton Copley. Of interest are a set of notes regarding the computer analysis of sitters of John Singleton Copley. Included are detailed biographical forms for each sitter and lists of codes and cross references used for Prown's computer analysis. Topics of his notes and subject files include biographical information on Copley, technique and materials, specific works of art such as, "Watson and the Shark," and painting themes. Correspondence found throughout his research files usually discuss dates of paintings, attribution, and provenance. Photographs and related printed material are often included with correspondence.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art historian Jules D. Prown (1930- ) is a Paul Mellon Professor Emeritus of the History of Art, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, and an authority on American art and material culture.

Provenance

The collection was donated by Jules David Prown from 2003-2015.

A Finding Aid to the Jules David Prown Research Material on Artists, 1935-2010, bulk 1958-1975, in the Archives of American Art
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Finding aid prepared by Erin Kinhart
Scope and Contents note
Jules David Prown research material on artists measures 11.8 linear feet and dates from 1935 to 2010, with the bulk of the material dating from 1958 to 1975. Prown, an art historian and educator, is an authority on the work of artist John Singleton Copley, and these papers contain related notes, subject files, correspondence, portrait and attribution files, and photographs of artwork. Also found are Prown's research files on other artists, including Benjamin West, typescripts of his lectures, and copies of his published writings.
The bulk of the collection consists of Prown's research material on the work of John Singleton Copley, including notes and correspondence he compiled while working on his dissertation and later two-volume work
John Singleton Copley
. Of interest are a set of notes regarding the computer analysis of sitters of John Singleton Copley. Included are detailed biographical forms for each sitter and lists of codes and cross references used for Prown's computer analysis. Topics of his notes and subject files include biographical information on Copley, technique and materials, specific works of art such as
Watson and the Shark
, and painting themes. Correspondence found throughout his research files usually discuss dates of paintings, attribution, and provenance. Photographs and related printed material are often included with correspondence.
Biographical/Historical note
Art historian Jules David Prown (1930- ) is a Paul Mellon Professor Emeritus of the History of Art at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. He is an authority on American art and material culture. Prown is a graduate of Lafayette College and the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture at the University of Delaware. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1961 with a dissertation on John Singleton Copley. That year he joined the faculty of the Department of the History of Art at Yale University where he was also Curator of American Art at the University Art Gallery and the founding Director of the Yale Center for British Art. In 1966 he published the two-volume
John Singleton Copley
. While working on the publication he conducted an in-depth computer analysis of Copley's 240 American sitters. Prown retired from Yale in 1999.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 4 series. The original order of the donor was maintained.
Series 1: Research Material on John Singleton Copley, 1935-2010 (8.6 linear feet; Boxes 1-9)
Series 2: Research Material on Benjamin West, 1965-1990s (1.4 linear feet; Boxes 9-10, 12-14)
Series 3: Research Material on Other Artists, 1950s-2008 (0.4 linear feet; Box 9)
Series 4: Lectures, 1960s-2010 (1.1 linear feet; Boxes 10-11)
Series 5: Printed Material, 1960-2000 (0.3 linear feet; Box 11)
Provenance
The collection was donated by Jules David Prown from 2003-2015.
Processing Information note
The collection was processed to a minimal level and a finding aid prepared by Erin Kinhart in 2013 and 2014, with updates in 2016. The collection has been minimally rearranged and retains the existing/original folder titles when possible. All materials have been rehoused in archival folders and boxes for long-term stability, but often staples and other fasteners have not been removed. Materials within folders have not been rearranged.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Jules David Prown research material on artists, 1935-2010, bulk 1958-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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