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Suzanne E. Chapman papers, 1934-1991

Chapman, Suzanne E., 1904-1990

Art teacher, Draftsmen (artists), Watercolorist


Collection Information

Size: 0.2 Linear feet

Summary: Biographical material including an account "Studies and Career" (3 p.), a resume, bibliography, and a Master Craftsman award certificate from the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, 1977; letters, 1948-1991, regarding Chapman's catalog drawings, an exhibition at the Library of the Boston Athenaeum, and her promotion to associate curator in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Egyptian Dept.; a project file, 1950, on the publication The Index of American Design, including a typed excerpt from the book and advertisements; printed material, 1936-1983, consisting of exhibition announcements, a catalog, In Tribute to Suzanne E. Chapman, 1970, and clippings; and three photographs of Chapman, 1934 and 1964.

Biographical/Historical Note

Watercolorist, draftsman, instructor; Boston, Mass. Born 1903. Died 1990. Helped develop method of rendering art objects in watercolor with great accuracy of color, texture and form that was adopted by the Index of American Design in the 1930s for use by field artists. For most of her career, she was the principal illustrator of the voluminous excavation publications of the Egyptian Department of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


Donated 1992 and 1993 by Lucille H. Chapman, sister of Suzanne Chapman.

Language Note

English .

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How to Cite This Collection

Suzanne E. Chapman papers, 1934-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.