Summary: Collection contains an album, "The Whitney collection", with 42 carbon prints of paintings in Whitney's collection as well as news clippings relating to the sale of the collection (some items are loose), and a folder with additional clippings on the sale (1885), an article from the Philadelphia Inquirer on William Trost Richards (1973), and a catalogue, "The works of Mr. Wm. T. Richards in the collection of American and foreign paintings to be sold on the account of the late Mr. George Whitney of Philadelphia, on exhibition at the Galleries of the American Art Association." These materials are microfilmed on reel 2029.
George Whitney (d. 1885) was a collector; Philadelphia, Pa., and Richards a marine and landscape painter, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania (b. 1833, d. 1905).
The album, catalog and clippings were initially lent for microfilming by Elizabeth H. Friedman, a descendent of Whitney, in 1979. She subsequently donated these materials in 1980. The sketches and painting on reel 1409 were lent for microfilming anonymously.
Location of Originals
Reel 1497: Originals returned to the lenders after microfilming.
Additional Forms Available
Microfilm reels 1497 & 2029 available for use at Archives of American Art offices 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. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
How to Cite This Collection
Papers relating to the sale of George Whitney's art collection, . Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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