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Truman Seymour papers, 1844-1974, bulk 1844-1890

Seymour, Truman, 1824-1891

Painter, Watercolorist


Collection Information

Size: 131 Items, (on 5 partial microfilm reels)

Summary: Photographs, sketchbooks, and personal papers.
REELS 940-942: Several loose sketches and 26 sketchbooks, mostly in pencil and watercolor and done in the U.S., Italy, France, England, North Africa, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, and Morocco; biographical material; two letters to John F. Weir, one from Weir's father Robert, both referring to the Civil War; 2 awards; a booklet "Pre-Raphaelitism," 1851; exhibition material, 1974; and a folio of watercolors by Gariel Corelli.
REEL 1007: 44 copy prints made from slides of watercolors by Seymour; and one slide of a color chart by him (not microfilmed).
REEL 1038: 7 sketchbooks, 1880-1885, executed while traveling in Italy, Spain, and Germany and often dated and identified. Most of the sketches are in pencil. Included among them are 13 watercolors and a color wheel.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter and watercolorist; Massachusetts.


Material on reels 940-942 and 1007 lent 1975 by DeWolf Perry, Seymour's grandnephew. Material on reel 1038 lent 1976 by DeWolf's brother, John Weir Perry. 44 copy prints on reel 1007 were made from slides lent by DeWolf Perry.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reels 940-942 and 1007: Originals returned to lender, DeWolf Perry, after microfilming.
  • Reel 1038: Originals returned to lender, John Weir Perry, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 940-942, 1007, and 1038 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Reel 1007: Photographs are copy prints.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Truman Seymour papers, 1844-1974, bulk 1844-1890. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.