Robert Fulton papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1786–1805
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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

6 items (19 pages) of papers pertaining to various property and family matters of Robert Fulton. Included is a letter dated May 21, 1793, London from Fulton to David Morris, mentioning among other matters that Morris' uncle (Benjamin West) is now President of the Royal Academy; and a letter dated April 1, 1794, from Fulton to Morris relating other news of West.

Biographical Historical Note

Benjamin West was a portrait and history painter in London, England. Born in Pennsylvania, in 1763 he moved to London and opened his own studio. In 1772 he was appointed the court historical painter to King George III. West served as president of the Royal Academy, 1792-1815.