George P. A. Healy collection

Inclusive Dates: 
1839–1889
Survey Repository: 

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

Approximately 50 items consisting of letters written both to and by Healy, concerning his paintings. Correspondents include John Quincy Adams, Chester Arthur, Pierre G. T. Beauregard, James G. Blaine, William Wilson Corcoran, Thomas Couture, Eastman Johnson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, David Dixon Porter, Philip H. Sheridan, W. F. Storey, Thomas Hoyne, Mrs. James A. Mulligan, Bertha Honoré Palmer, and Edith Healy Hill (artist’s daughter).

Biographical Historical Note

George P. A. Healy was an American portrait painter who spent much of his career in Europe, as well as several years in the Chicago area (1855-1869; 1892-1894). He painted portraits of European royalty, U.S. presidents, Civil War generals, and many other notables.

Additional Notes

Related collections: Isaac N. Arnold Papers, Robert Todd Lincoln Manuscript Collection, Thomas Barbour Bryan Letters, Walter L. Newberry Collection, Richard Henry Dana Collection, Chicago History Museum; Biography Collections, Elmhurst Historical Museum; Joel Tanner Hart Papers, University of Chicago Library; Office of the President and Librarian Program and Projects Files, Lamber Tree Papers, Newberry Library; Biography Collection, Elmhurst Historical Museum.