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Thomas Wilmer Dewing and Dewing family papers, 1876-1963, bulk 1890-1930

Thomas Wilmer Dewing and Dewing family papers, 1876-1963, bulk 1890-1930

Dewing, Thomas Wilmer, 1851-1938

Muralist, Painter

Representative image for Thomas Wilmer Dewing and Dewing family papers, 1876-1963, bulk 1890-1930

This site provides access to the papers of Thomas Wilmer Dewing and the Dewing family in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2016, and total 264 images.

Collection Information

Size: 0.3 linear feet

Summary: The papers of Thomas Wilmer Dewing and the Dewing family measure 0.3 linear feet and date from 1876-1963. Found within the papers are biographical materials on Thomas Dewing; personal correspondence from Dewing, his wife Maria Oakey, and other family members; writings; printed materials; and photographs of Dewing, his family, and his work.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painters Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851-1938) and Maria Oakey Dewing (1855-1927) lived and worked in New York, New York and Cornish, New Hampshire. Thomas studied with Boulanger and Lefebvre. Maria his wife studied with John La Farge in New York City and Couture in Paris.

Provenance

The papers were donated in separate accessions beginning in 1959 by Thomas and Maria Dewing's daughter, Elizabeth Dewing Kaup. In 1979-1980, 10 additional letters were donated by Mary Morain, the Dewings' granddaughter, through Susan Hobbs. In 2009, an additional handful of correspondence and photographs were anonymously donated to the Archives.

Related Materials

Location of Originals

  • Reel 1818: Originals returned to Mrs. Pete A. Gunther after microfilming.
  • Reels 2077 & 2083: Originals returned to Hugh Franklin after microfilming.

A Finding Aid to the Thomas Wilmer Dewing and Dewing family papers, 1876-1963, bulk 1890-1930, in the Archives of American Art
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Biographical/Historical note
Painters Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851-1938) and Maria Oakey Dewing (1855-1927) lived and worked in New York, N.Y. and Cornish, New Hampshire. A native of Boston, Thomas Dewing began his art studies at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and traveled to Paris in 1876 to study at the Académie Julian under Gustave Boulanger and Jules Lefebvre. He returned to Boston in 1877 and moved to New York City in 1880 where he met and married his wife, Maria Oakey, in 1881. Known for his tonalist style, Dewing taught at the Art Students League from 1881 to 1888, and was elected to the National Academy of Design in 1888. Dewing was also a member of the Ten American Painters, an exhibiting group that included Childe Hassam and William Merritt Chase. Prominent patrons of his work include the architect Stanford White and the art collectors Charles Lang Freer and John Gellatly.
An artist in her own right, Maria Oakey Dewing began her studies at Cooper Union in 1866 and continued at the National Academy of Fine Arts in 1881. She was also a founding member of the Art Students League and a member of the Society of American Artists. Maria Dewing exhibited works at the National Academy of Design and continued to exhibit still life paintings after her marriage to Dewing, receiving awards at the 1893 Columbian Exposition and the 1901 Pan American Exposition. From 1885 to 1905, the Dewings summered at the artist colony in Cornish, New Hampshire and had one child, Elizabeth Dewing Kaup. Maria died at her home in New York in 1927 and Thomas died in New York in 1938.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 1 series:
Series 1: Thomas Wilmer Dewing and Dewing Family Papers, 1876-1963 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1, OV 2)
Provenance
The papers were donated in separate accessions beginning in 1959 by Thomas and Maria Dewing's daughter, Elizabeth Dewing Kaup. In 1979-1980, 10 additional letters were donated by Mary Morain, the Dewings' granddaughter, through Susan Hobbs. In 2009, an additional handful of correspondence and photographs were anonymously donated to the Archives.
Location of Originals
  • Reel 1818: Originals returned to Mrs. Pete A. Gunther after microfilming.
  • Reels 2077 & 2083: Originals returned to Hugh Franklin after microfilming.
Processing Information note
Materials received a preliminary level of arrangement after donation and the collection was microfilmed onto reels D22 and 2803. All previously filmed and unfilmed accessions were merged and the collection was described and prepared for digitization by Judy Ng in 2016, with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Additional Forms Available

The bulk of the collection was digitized in 2016 and is available on the Archives of American Art's website. Materials which have not been scanned include blank pages, blank versos of photographs, and duplicates. In some cases, publications have had their covers and relevant pages scanned.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Thomas Wilmer Dewing and Dewing family papers, 1876-1963, bulk 1890-1930. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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