Washington Allston 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

One signed letter, dated Oct. 30, 1816, from Washington Allston to James McMurtrie with an apology for not writing and thanks for his interest in the artist’s professional success. Allston writes that he feels that exhibiting his paintings in public showings lessens the chances for selling them.

Biographical Historical Note

Washington Allston was an American portrait, landscape, and history painter and a poet.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Robert Walter Weir Collection, Chicago History Museum.