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Thomas Ball guestbook, 1874-1932

Ball, Thomas, 1819-1911

Portrait painter, Sculptor


Collection Information

Size: 1 Microfilm reel, 1 volume on 1 partial microfilm reel

Summary: The microfilmed Thomas Ball guestbook/scrapbook includes signatures, poems, sketches, musical notations of European and American artists, writers, poets, musicians, and other dignitaries who visited Thomas Ball's studio or villa in Florence, Italy, Montclair, New Jersey, New York City, and Boston from 1874 to 1932. Among the many prominent signers are Ralph Waldo Emerson, Richard Wagner, Henry Longfellow, Franz Liszt, Christina Rossetti. An introduction by the lender, Ball's great great granddaughter, states that some insertions from earlier correspondence and later insertions from musicians visiting the family in Santa Barbara were added to the book.

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas Ball (1819-1911) was a sculptor, miniaturist, portrait painter, and musician in Boston, Massachusetts, Florence, Italy, and Montclair, New Jersey. His most well-known work is a statue of George Washington in the Boston Public Garden. Ball maintained a studio in Boston until he moved to Italy in 1854, where he studied sculpture. He made frequent visits to the United States, but remained an expatriate until 1897, when he moved to Montclair, New Jersey.


Lent for microfilming 1988 by Greta Couper, Thomas Ball's great great grandaughter.

Related Materials

The Archives of American Art also holds the microfilmed Thomas Ball letter to Stilson Hutchins, 1888 March 30. The Massachusetts Historical Society holds the Thomas Ball letters, 1869-1882.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Original returned to the lender, Greta Couper, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 4039 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Thomas Ball guestbook, 1874-1932. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.