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

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Series 1: Research Material on John Singleton Copley , 1935-2010
8.6 Linear feet
Boxes 1-9

Found here are Prown's research files regarding the work of artist John Singleton Copley. Much of this research material was compiled for his 1966 publication, John Singleton Copley. Later documentation primarily concerns attribution. Included are research notes, subject files, correspondence, files regarding portraits and attribution, and photographs and digital photographs of artwork. Researchers should note that lectures regarding Copley are included in Series 3: Lectures, and Prown's published articles on Copley are included in Series 4: Printed Material.
This series is arranged as 6 subseries:
  • 1.1: Notes, 1947-2007
  • 1.2: Subject Files, 1949-2006
  • 1.3: Correspondence, 1953-1999
  • 1.4: Portrait Files, 1951-2010
  • 1.5: Attribution Files, 1935-2008
  • 1.6: Photographs of Artwork, circa 1950s-1990s
1.1: Notes, 1947-2007
Notes primarily consist of notecards which Prown grouped by subject. Notecards often include attached photographs, printed material, correspondence, and artwork information sheets. Prown filed his notes separately from his other research files, but topics such as attribution, portrait sitters, and other subject files often overlap and all sets of material should be consulted. Also of interest is 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.
Description Container
1760-1774, circa 1957-2007
1
1
1775-1810, circa 1957-2007
1
2
American Paintings, circa 1957-2007
1
3-9
"Analysis of Sitters of J. S. Copley, 1753-1774", circa 1960s
1
10-13
Charles I, circa 1957-2007
1
14
Chatham, circa 1957-2007
1
15-16
Destroyed Paintings, circa 1957-2007
1
17
Diaries, circa 1957-2007
1
18
Discard, circa 1957-2007
1
19
Drawings, circa 1957-2007
1
20
Drawings, Attributed, circa 1957-2007
1
21
Drawings, Historical, circa 1957-2007
1
22
Drawings, Multi-Figure Portraits, circa 1957-2007
1
23
Drawings, Portraits, circa 1957-2007
1
24
Drawings, Religious, circa 1957-2007
1
25
Engravings, circa 1957-2007
1
26
Exhibitions, circa 1957-2007
1
27
Falsely Attributed or Unlikely, circa 1957-2007
2
1-8
Family Info, circa 1957-2007
2
9
Gibraltar, circa 1957-2007
2
10-13
Historical Paintings, circa 1957-2007
2
14
Insert Material, 1947-2007
2
15
Landscape, circa 1957-2007
2
16
Lynd Sale and Others, circa 1957-2007
2
17
Miniatures, circa 1957-2007
2
18
Mis-attributed to Copley, circa 1957-2007
2
19
Monmouth, circa 1957-2007
2
20
Multi-figure Portraits, circa 1957-2007
2
21-22
Mythology Paintings, circa 1957-2007
2
23
Nativity, circa 1957-2007
2
24
Oil Sketches, Historical, circa 1957-2007
2
25
Pastels, circa 1957-2007
3
1
Personality, Character, Politics, circa 1957-2007
3
2
Pierson, circa 1957-2007
3
3
Portraits, circa 1957-2007
3
4-9
Portraits of Copley, circa 1957-2007
3
10
Portraits, Unchecked Data, circa 1957-2007
3
11
Prices, circa 1957-2007
3
12
Religious Paintings, circa 1957-2007
3
13
Religious and Historical - Attributed, circa 1957-2007
3
14
Religious and Historical - Unlikely Attribution, circa 1957-2007
3
15
Royal Academy, circa 1957-2007
3
16
Surrender to Duncan, circa 1957-2007
3
17
Technique, circa 1957-2007
3
18
Theory, circa 1957-2007
3
19
Unlocated, circa 1957-2007
3
20
Used Notes, circa 1957-2007
3
21
Used Quotes, circa 1957-2007
3
22
Watson, circa 1957-2007
3
23
West, circa 1957-2007
3
24
1.2: Subject Files, 1949-2006
Subject files include draft writings, correspondence, printed material, photographs, notes, and draft writings. Topics include biographical information on Copley, technique and materials, specific works of art such as Watson and the Shark, and painting themes. Subject files are closely related to the notes found in subseries 1.1.
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Anatomy, 1949-1972
3
25-28
Charles I, circa 1960-1990
4
1-2
Copley Data/Sales, circa 1960s
4
3-4
Death of Chatham, circa 1958-1996
4
5
Death of Major Pierson, 1959-1972
4
6
Drawings, circa 1958-1991
4
7-8
Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1991-1994
4
9
Family and Friends, 1959-1992
4
10
Frames, circa 1971-1983
4
11
General Info, 1996, circa 1970s
4
12
Historical Paintings, 1963-1994
4
13
House, 1959-1994
4
14
"John Singleton Copley and Prints", circa 1990s
4
15
Microfilm, Copley-Pelham Letters, 1959
4
16
Mythological Paintings, 1959-1976
4
17
New Info - American, 1973-1989
4
18
New Info - English, 1974-2001
4
19
Offer of the Crown to Lady Jane Gray, 1959-1982
4
20
Other Artists, 1964-2001
4
21
Poetry, 1960
4
22
Religious Paintings, circa 1960-1980
4
23
Siege of Gibraltar, 1958-2001
4
24-25
Technique and Conservation, 1969-1992
4
26
Victory of Duncan, 1959-1972
4
27
Watson and the Shark, 1958-2006
4
28-29
1.3: Correspondence, 1953-1999
Found here is correspondence primarily documenting the period during the 1960s that Prown was researching his dissertation and subsequent book on John Singleton Copley. Correspondence is with art collectors, universities, museums, and libraries regarding Copley's works, fact checking, and requests for photographs and permission to publish. Letters are arranged alphabetically by name or location.
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Correspondence, A-B, 1958-1966
4
30-31
Correspondence, C-Z, 1953-1999
5
1-17
1.4: Portrait Files, 1951-2010
Portrait files contain correspondence regarding specific portraits by Copley and often include attached photographs and printed material. Letters discuss provenance, date of the works, biographical information on sitters, and requests to look at the works in person. Documents are arranged alphabetically by name of sitter. Related notes on sitters, including Prown's computer analysis of sitters, can be found in Subseries 1.1 and correspondence regarding portraits with questionable attribution can be found in Subseries 1.5.
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A, 1958-1987
5
18
B, circa 1959-2001
5
19-22
C, circa 1959-1994
5
23-24
D, 1952-2010
5
25-26
E, 1959-2003
5
27
F, 1959-2010
5
28
G, circa 1958-1989
5
29-30
H, circa 1959-2008
6
1-3
J, circa 1964-1984
6
4
K, circa 1959-2004
6
5
L, circa 1959-1995
6
6-9
M, circa 1959-2008
6
10-12
N-O, 1958-1999
6
13
P-Q, 1960-1990
6
14
R, 1961-1998
6
15
S, circa 1959-2000
6
16-18
T, circa 1958-1990
6
19-20
U (Unidentified), 1960-1994
6
21
V, 1958-1998
6
22
W, 1951-2010
6
23-24
1.5: Attribution Files, 1935-2008
Attribution files primarily consist of correspondence asking for Prown's expertise on attributing works to John Singleton Copley. Letters often include provenance details and attached photographs and related printed material. Documents were grouped by Prown according to attribution status and within those groupings are arranged alphabetically by sitter. Additional notes on attribution can be found in Subseries 1.1.
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Attribution of Paintings and Drawings Unknown, circa 1958-2005
6
25-28
Attribution Possible, 1958-2001
7
1-2
Attribution Probably Okay, 2003-2008
Includes born-digital records, see ER01.
7
3-4
Research Material on Copley Attribution, Digital Photographs, 2008
0.004 Gigabytes
Six computer files
ER01
"A Checklist of English Paintings Attributed Erroneously to John Singleton Copley", 1966
7
5
Copley Attribution Pending, 1987-1992
7
6
History, Religion, Myth, 1952-1990
7
7
Not Copley - Drawings, 1966-2007
7
8
Not Copley - English , 1954-1970s
7
9-10
Portraits, A-N, circa 1950-2008
7
11-24
Portraits, O-Z, circa 1950-2008
8
1-9
Preliminary Inquiries, circa 1993-2000
8
10
Still Life, circa 1984-1996
8
11
Unidentified Men, 1935, circa 1966-2006
8
12-14
Unidentified Women, circa 1964-2007
8
15-17
Unnamed Children, Couples, Groups, circa 1972-2004
8
18-19
1.6: Photographs of Artwork, circa 1950s-circa 1990s
Photographs of artwork include copyprints of works by Copley from various museums and art collections. Some photographs include detailed annotations on the verso. Most photographs are arranged alphabetically by sitter or grouped by theme. Miscellaneous photographs found here are unsorted copyprints of works by Copley. Researchers should note that many additional photographs can be found attached to correspondence and notes within the other series in this collection.
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American Historical Pictures, 1950s-1990s
8
20
American Portraits, Miniatures, 1950s-1990s
8
21
American Portraits, A-Q, circa 1950s-1990s
8
22-31
American Portraits, R-W, circa 1950s-1990s
9
1-4
Charles I and Monmouth, circa 1950s-1990s
9
5
Computer Photos, 1960s
9
6
Death of Chatham, circa 1950s-1990s
9
7
Death of Major Pierson, circa 1950s-1990s
9
8
English Historical Pictures, circa 1950s-1990s
9
9
English Portraits, circa 1950s-1990s
9
10-19
Miscellaneous, circa 1950s-1970s
9
20-22
Miscellaneous Negatives, circa 1950s-1970s
9
23
Religious Pictures, circa 1950s-1990s
9
24
Siege of Gibraltar, circa 1950s-1990s
9
25-26
Watson and the Shark, circa 1950s-1990s
9
27

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