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Preston family letters, 1836-1927

Preston, John S. (John Smith), 1809-1881

Art patron


Collection Information

Size: 60 Items, (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: Correspondence with Hiram Powers;and Preston family papers and sketches.
Reel 74: Correspondence is primarily between John S. Preston and Powers regarding the state of Powers' work, including Preston and Hampton family busts, busts of Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, and other sculpture; also, U.S. government funding of commissions, Powers' views on the state of the Union, Preston's concerns with family affairs, legislative stands, and politics. Also included are family papers; a marriage certificate; an affadavit on a painting, "Madonna of the Window"; and a family genealogy. [microfilm title: Preston Family]
Unmicrofilmed: Sketches, unsigned, of cows and sheep and one of a boy with his dog.

Biographical/Historical Note

Patrons; South Carolina


The lender, Mrs. D.L. Young, is a descendant of the Preston family.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reel 74: Originals returned to Mrs. D.L. Young, the lender, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 74 available 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

Preston family letters, 1836-1927. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.