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Leroy Ireland research material on George Inness, 1916-2007, bulk 1960-1971

Leroy Ireland research material on George Inness, 1916-2007, bulk 1960-1971

Ireland, Leroy, 1889-1970

Art historian, Painter

Collection Information

Size: 2.0 linear feet

Summary: Art dealer Leroy Ireland's research material on George Inness measures 2.0 linear feet and dates from 1916 to 2007, with the bulk of the material dating from 1960 to 1971. The collection documents Ireland's research for his book, "The Works of George Inness: An Illustrated Catalogue Raisonne," through correspondence, research files, and photographs of artwork.

Leroy Ireland's correspondence is with museums, galleries, private collectors, universities, and others regarding paintings by George Inness and works attributed to him. The bulk of the correspondence dates from 1960 to 1969 during the period that Ireland was working on the catalogue raisonne. Scattered research files include a notebook, notes, and lists of works; photographs, letters, and documents regarding Inness which were received by Mrs. Ireland after Leroy Ireland's death; exhibition catalogs and other printed material. Also found are two copies of letters written by Inness. Photographs depict paintings by George Inness, paintings attributed to Inness but determined to be fakes, and paintings by other artists.

Biographical/Historical Note

Leroy Ireland (1889-1970) was an art historian and painter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Leroy Ireland is best know for his work on a catalogue raisonne of the works of George Inness. George Inness (1825-1894) was a landscape painter.

Provenance

Two letters and photographs of artwork were donated in 1963-1964 by Ireland; the remainder of the papers were donated in 1993 by Mrs. Leory Ireland via executor Irene Chapellier Little, and in 2010 by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. who received the collection from John Frisk, a friend of Ireland.

Related Materials

Twelve scrapbooks compiled by Ireland were lent by Archer Huntington Art Gallery of the University of Texas at Austin (reels 2824-2825), in 1983, and are currently located at the Fine Arts Library, University of Texas at Austin. These scrapbook contain circa 3,000 photographs of Inness paintings.

A Finding Aid to the Leroy Ireland research material on George Inness,
1916-2007,
bulk 1960-1971
, in the Archives of American Art
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Biographical Note
Leroy Ireland (1889-1970) was an art dealer and painter in New York and Philadelphia. Ireland is best know for his research on the works of landscape painter George Inness (1825-1894), culminating in a catalogue raisonne of his work.
Ireland began his career as a painter, studying with Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and exhibiting in many shows during the 1920s. He moved to New York and became an art dealer and appraiser. During that time he also studied and became an expert in the work of George Inness, specializing in the authentication of works held by galleries, museums, and private collectors. After nearly 30 years of research, his book
The Works of George Inness: An Illustrated Catalogue Raisonne
was published by the University of Texas Press in 1965.
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 3 series:
Series 1: Correspondence, 1916-2007 (Box 1-2; 1.5 linear feet)
Series 2: Research Files Regarding George Inness, 1925-1973 (Box 2; 7 folders)
Series 3: Photographs, circa 1919-1972 (Box 2; 0.3 linear feet)
Provenance
Two letters and photographs of artwork were donated in 1963-1964 by Ireland; the remainder of the papers were donated in 1993 by Mrs. Leory Ireland via executor Irene Chapellier Little, and in 2010 by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. who received the collection from John Frisk, a friend of Ireland.
Processing Information
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Erin Kinhart in 2011.

Additional Forms Available

Materials lent for microfilming on reels 992-996 are available at Archives of Americn Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Materials lent for microfilming on reels 2824-2825 available only at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 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. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Leroy Ireland research material on George Inness, 1916-2007, bulk 1960-1971. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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