Isaac N. Arnold papers

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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

0.5 lin. ft. of materials consisting of correspondence of Arnold and books written by Arnold concerning Civil War era politics and works written by Arnold. 3 items of correspondence with George P. A. Healy, Louise Healy, and William T. Sherman concern Healy’s painting The Peacemakers. Also included is a letter from Alexander Hesler, dated Feb 25, 1885, regarding a copy of his portrait of Arnold.

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. 

Alexander Hesler was an American photographer, active in Illinois and noted for making photographic portraits of Abraham Lincoln without his beard.

Additional Notes

Related collections for Healy: George P. A. Healy Collection, Pierre G. T. Beauregard Papers, Thomas Barbour Bryan Letters, Robert Todd Lincoln Manuscript Collection, Richard Henry Dana Collection, Walter L. Newberry 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, Newberry Library

Related collections for Hesler: Autograph letterbooks compiled by Chicago Historical Society, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Chicago History Museum.