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Martin Johnson Heade papers, 1853-1904

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Series 1: Martin Johnson Heade papers , circa 1853-1904
0.3 Linear feet
Box 1

The collection consists of forty letters, some illustrated, from Frederic Church discussing his paintings, his studio, trips abroad to Rome, Syria, and Mexico, his health and his family, and other artists. Church also responds to Heade's letters and provides advice on various subjects. Letters from others include a letter expressing thanks from May Camphen and a letter from the Illinois Audubon Society to the Estate of Martin Johnson Heade requesting a likeness of Mr. Heade for their collection. Also found is a note of praise to Sarita Brady. Within the papers is an annotated sketchbook by Heade containing pencil drawings of animals and landscapes as well as a few notes on art and his travels to South America and a detailed handwritten notebook that includes an essay and other notes on hummingbirds. Miscellaneous papers include deeds for Heade's property in Chicago, Illinois, and an 1865 catalog for the "Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts" in which Heade exhibited.
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Letters from Frederic Edwin Church, 1866-1899
(5 folders)
1 (hol)
1-5
Letters from others, 1900, 1904
1 (hol)
6
Note to Sarita Brady, undated
1 (hol)
7
Annotated Sketchbook, circa 1853-1877
1 (hol)
8
Notebook on Hummingbirds, circa 1881, circa 1864
This notebook contains a draft introduction to "Gems of Brazil" which would have been written circa 1864, following a trip to Brazil. Heade left Brazil for London in early 1864, where he tried to publish his book, but abandoned the idea and left England in 1865. Entries later in the notebook, including references to "game monopolies" and painting sales, seem related to events in 1881.
1 (hol)
9
Deeds, 1853-1855, 1876
1 (hol)
10
Exhibition Catalog, "The Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts", 1865
1 (hol)
11

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