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La Napoule Art Foundation records relating to Henry Clews, 1939-1987

La Napoule Art Foundation, Henry Clews Memorial


Collection Information

Size: 45 Items, (partially microfilmed on 1 reel); 1 Item, Addition, videotape

Summary: Papers concerning the sculptor Henry Clews and his wife, the architect Marie Clews, and their rebuilding of Chateau de la Napoule.
REEL 2802: Papers of Marie Elsie Whelan Clews, including a letter from her to Mr. MacIlravy, June 19, 1948; a handwritten address delivered by her, May 1952; a typescript of an address delivered by Clews before the Colony Club of New York, March 15, 1955; and a clipping. [Microfilmed target reads Marie Clews papers.]
UNMICROFILMED: Postcards; 2 exhibition catalogs, from Clews' exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1939, and from Musée Jaquemart-André, 1959; publications, and clippings about Clews and his work, including an essay about Clews' Chateau de la Napoule, and a photocopy of the charter of Le Chateau la Napoule Art Foundation; and ca. 35 photographs of Clews, his chateau, and his art work.
ADDITION: Video of a lecture on Clews (?) delivered by Sigmund Ables at Brookgreen Gardens, S.C., May 1987.

Biographical/Historical Note

Clews was a sculptor and painter, who bought Chateau de la Napoule, near Cannes, France in 1919. The Chateau housed his sculpture and other exhibits, and was endowed by Mrs. Clews to continue as the Henry Clews Memorial, a cultural arts center, and maintained by the La Napoule Art Foundation, a non-profit organization chartered by the State of New York.


Donated 1970 and 1971 by the La Napoule Art Foundation through Mrs. David Colton. The video was received via Mrs. Barbara Bratone, executive director of the Foundation, 1988.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 2802 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Charter is a photocopy.

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

La Napoule Art Foundation records relating to Henry Clews, 1939-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.