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Photographs of Karl Francis Theodore Bitter and Gustave Gerlach, circa 1892-circa 1915

Gerlach, Margarett, 1897-1980

This site provides access to the photographs and papers of sculptor Karl Francis Theodore Bitter and his pupil and colleague Gustave Gerlach in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2019, and total 471 images.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection Information

Size: 0.8 Linear feet

Summary: The photographs and papers of sculptor Karl Francis Theodore Bitter and his pupil and colleague Gustave Gerlach measure 0.8 linear feet and date from circa 1892-circa 1915. The collection documents the work and studio practice of Bitter and Gerlach primarily through photographs and a photograph album, in addition to paper records including a proposal and lists of work completed for two international expositions, news clippings, and two drawings by Bitter on his personal stationary.

Biographical/Historical Note

Austrian born sculptor Karl Bitter (1867-1915) was active in New York City, New York. He exhibited his works at worldwide expositions and examples of his sculpture and memorials can be found throughout the United States. Sculptor Gustave Gerlach (b. 1866) was a pupil and colleague of Bitter's and was also active in New York City.

Provenance

The papers were donated in 2019 by Mary K. McGuigan and John F. McGuigan Jr., art historians and collectors in Milford, Pennsylvania, who purchased the collection at auction. The collection was originally complied by Gustave's daughter, Margarett.

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Funding

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.