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

Dewing, Thomas Wilmer, 1851-1938

Muralist, Painter

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.


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.

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Location of Originals

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