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Paul King papers, 1871-1977

King, Paul Bernard, 1867-1947

Painter, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 2.7 Linear feet, (on 1 partial microfilm reel)

Summary: Biographical material; letters; business records; photographs; works of art; and printed material.
REEL 3320: Photographs, of works of art, of ancestors, family members, friends, and business associates; 16 original works of art, including one print and 15 pencil drawings; and one exhibition catalog, 1919.
UNMICROFILMED: 15 biographical accounts, 1929-1948; letters received by King and his family from friends, patrons, and colleagues express congratulations, thanks, and condolences, 1907-1959; a contract engaging William Bell as King's agent, 1939; 4 sales ledgers, 1926-1951; lists of paintings sold, 1948-1975; 4 address books, a gallery visitors' book, 1950-1952; printed material; and photographs, 1907-1940, of King, his family, and his works of art.

Biographical/Historical Note

Portrait and landscape painter. Began his career in Buffalo, New York, working as a lithographer's assistant. Studied at the Art Students League of New York under Mowbray, in Paris, and in Holland with Willy Sluiter, Bloomers, and Peters. During World War I, specialized in the application of camouflage. Member of the National Academy of Design, the Salmagundi Club, and many other art clubs. Director of Philadelphia Art Alliance and President of the Philadelphia School of Design for Women.


Material on reel 3320 lent for microfilming and unmicrofilmed material donated 1984 by Mr. & Mrs. Paul King, Jr., son and daughter-in-law of Paul King.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reel 3320: Originals returned to the lenders, Mr. & Mrs. Paul King, Jr., after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 3320 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

Paul King papers, 1871-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.