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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 Prowns 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.


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