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A Finding Aid to the Macbeth Gallery records, 1838-1968, bulk, 1892-1953 | Digitized Collection

Macbeth Gallery records, 1838-1968, bulk, 1892-1953

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Series 4: Printed Material, 1838-1963
5 linear feet
Boxes 114-119, 162

This series contains printed material published by Macbeth Gallery in addition to exhibition catalogs from other galleries and organizations, art publications, and loose magazine articles and news clippings.
The series is organized two subseries:
4.1: Macbeth Gallery Printed Material, 1862-1963, n.d.
4.2: Other Printed Material, 1838-1962, n.d.
4.1:Macbeth Gallery Printed Material, 1862-1963, n.d.
This subseries contains the Macbeth Gallery publications
Art Notes
and
Biographical Notes
in addition to scattered exhibition announcements, catalogs and news clippings. The bulk of the news clippings in the collection and the gallery's exhibition catalogs can be found in Series 5: Scrapbooks.
Art Notes
was an occasional publication issued during the art season "in the Interest of American Art and the Macbeth Gallery" from 1896 to 1930. The booklets typically contain essays on artists, current exhibitions at the gallery and current events in the art world and are an excellent source of information on the history of the gallery until 1930 and the opinions of the owners on various artistic trends and movements. Of particular note is an essay criticizing the Modernist movement which received attention in the press as well as letters, primarily of support, from many of the gallery's clients. Most of the issues are in bound voumes although there are also some individual copies of the publication. Numbers 14 and 24 are missing. Judging by the number of requests for Art Notes in the Series 1: Correspondence, it was an extremely popular publication, especially with those who artistic tastes tended toward the conservative.
Also found here is the publication
Biographical Notes
, a collection of short biographies of fifty artists "whose reputations and experience of over twenty years enables us to vouch with some degree of certainty." The publication was intended to satisfy "the natural curiosity of the picture collector to know who the man is who painted the picture, and what he has done in the past that may indicate his position in the future."
Several of the exhibition announcements and catalogs found here are annotated and some are accompanied by news clippings. Catalogs include those for the gallery's fiftieth and sixtieth anniversaries. One catalog for an exhibition organized and circulated by the American Federation of Arts in conjunction with the Archives of American Art is included here because it documented the role of the Macbeth Gallery. The catalog contains an essay written by Robert G. McIntyre for the exhibition entitled "The Macbeth Gallery: A Capsule History."
Also found here is a folder of six scattered news clippings recording milestones in the gallery's history such as the move to 15 East Fifty-seventh Street and the gallery's fiftieth and sixtieth anniversaries. At the end of the series is a box of duplicate copies of
Art Notes
.
DescriptionContainer
Art Notes
Nos. 1-12, October 1896-February 1900
114
1
Art Notes
Nos. 13, 15-23, April 1900-November 1903
114
2
Art Notes
Nos. 25-36, May 1904-December 1908
114
3
Art Notes
Nos. 37-48, March 1909-April 1913
114
4
Art Notes
Nos. 49-60, November 1913-May 1916
114
5
Art Notes
Nos. 61-73, November 1916-October/November 1921
114
6
Art Notes
Nos. 74-85, January/February 1922-June 1927
114
7
Art Notes
Nos. 86-88, November 1928, November 1929, November, 1930
114
8
Biographical Notes
, 1915
115
1
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1914-1915, n.d.
115
2
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1916-1918
115
3
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1921-1923
115
4
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1926-1929
115
5
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1930-1939
115
6
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1942-1952
115
7
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1948
115
8
Exhibition Catalog,
From the Archives of American Art: The Role of the Macbeth Gallery
, 1962-1963
115
9
News Clippings, 1932-1952, n.d.
115
10
Duplicate Copies of
Art Notes
162
4.2:Other Printed Material, 1838-1962, n.d.
These folders contain non-Macbeth Gallery printed material including magazine and newspaper articles on a variety of artists as well as exhibition announcements and catalogs from other galleries, museums, and organizations including the American Water Color Society and the National Academy of Design.
One item of particular note is a bound catalog of the exhibition
Ten American Painters
held at the Durand-Ruel, Inc., in 1898. The catalog is signed by each of the ten painters represented in the exhibition.
Also of note among the art publications is a set of bound volumes of the pre-Civil War American art journal
The Crayon
. Published monthly in New York
The Crayon
was the first substantial periodical devoted entirely to the arts and is an indispensable resource for research on developments in the art world of the immediate pre-Civil War period. The volumes comprise an almost complete run of the journal which was published between 1855 and 1861. The Macbeth Gallery set dates from 1855 to 1859.
At the end of the series are two delightful pamphlets concerning Frederick Keppel's relationship with James MacNeill Whistler. The first was "privately printed and copyrighted by Frederick Keppel" in 1904 and entitled
The Gentle Art of Resenting Injuries
, some "unpublished correspondence addressed to the author of "The Gentle Art of Making Enemies." The second is entitled "One Day With Whistler," published by Keppel in 1908. The first booklet describes an altercation between Keppel and Whistler in the form of reprinted correspondence between the two men and Keppel's commentary on the incident which he describes as a "brilliant specimen of characteristic abusive Whistlerism." There are two copies of the pamphlet, which Keppel published in "very limited edition" solely for a few of his friends, one addressed to "To Robert W. Macbeth from his friend-the author," and another to William Macbeth. The second pamphlet further describes "Whistler's intercourse with me and mine with him."
DescriptionContainer
Catalog and Magazine Clippings, 1925-1958, n.d.
116
1-3
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1839-1877, n.d.
116
4-5
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1878-1908
116
6
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1913-1928
116
7
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1930-1939
116
8
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1940-1951
116
9
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1953-1954
116
10
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1957-1962
116
11
Exhibition Catalogs
American Water Color Society, 1884
116
12
American Water Color Society, 1887
116
13
American Water Color Society, 1888
116
14
American Water Color Society, 1891
116
15
National Academy of Design, 1838-1867
116
16
National Academy of Design, 1868-1869
116
17
National Academy of Design, 1870-1879
116
18
National Academy of Design, 1880-1884
116
19
Ten American Painters
, 1898
116
20
Magazine Articles, 1871-1900, n.d.
116
21-22
Magazine Articles, 1900-1916
117
1
Magazine Articles, 1920-1935
117
2
Magazine Articles, 1936-1939
117
3
Magazine Articles, 1940-1945
117
4
Magazine Articles, 1946-1947
117
5
Magazine Articles, 1948-1949
117
6
Magazine Articles, 1950-1951
117
7
Magazine Articles, 1952-1954
117
8
Magazine Articles, 1955-1962
117
9
News Clippings, 1880-1898, n.d.
117
10-11
News Clippings, 1900-1939
117
12
News Clippings, 1940-1959
117
13
Publications
Archives of American Art Bulletin
, 1960-1962
117
14
Art Collector
, 1894-1896
117
15-17
Art Collector
, 1897-1899
118
1-3
Art in America
, 1917-1956
118
4
Collector and Art Critic
, 1899, 1900
118
5-6
Crayon
, Volumes 1-2, 1855
118
7-8
Crayon
, Volume 3, 1856
118
9
Crayon
, Volume 4, 1857
118
10
Crayon
, Volume 5, 1858
118
11
Crayon
, Volume 6, 1859
118
12
Miscellaneous Publications, 1904-1948, n.d.
118
13
Miscellaneous Publications, 1955-1962
119
1
National Academy Notes
, 1881-1889
119
2-5
Frederick Keppel Pamphlets on James MacNeill Whistler, 1904, 1908
118
14

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