Joel Tanner Hart papers

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 boxes (approximately 3 linear feet) of material consisting of correspondence (1823–1876); Hart’s poetry (1832–1876 and undated); miscellaneous notes (1834–1876 and undated); and a diary (1845–1848) documenting Hart’s activities as a sculptor in Kentucky, his travels in the United Sates in the late 1840s, and art and art collections that he saw. Correspondents include E. K. [John?] Frazee, George P. A. Healy, James Reid Lambdin, Jervis McEntee, Hiram Powers, Thomas Buchanan Read, and Thomas Sully. Note: The Joel Tanner Hart Papers are contained within the T. Durrett Collection on Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley.

Biographical Historical Note

Born in Kentucky, Joel Tanner Hart was an American sculptor noted for his portrait busts. In the 1840s Hart joined the American expatriate artists’ community in Florence, Italy, and he remained there for the rest of his life.

Additional Notes

Related collections on George P. A. Healy: George P. A. Healy Collection, Pierre G. T. Beauregard Papers, Isaac N. Arnold Papers, Robert Todd Lincoln Manuscript Collection, Richard Henry Dana Collection, Walter L. Newberry Collection, Thomas Barbour Bryan Letters, Chicago History Museum; Biography Collections, Elmhurst Historical Museum; Office of the President and Librarian, Program and projects files, Newberry Library.