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Willard Leroy Metcalf papers, 1876-1925

Metcalf, Willard Leroy, 1858-1925

Painter, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 150 Items, (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: 23 letters between Metcalf and Charles L. Freer, 1917-1919, discussing prospective purchases of Metcalf's work for the Freer Collection, and 2 personal letters to Florence Griswold, 1905-06. Also included are a diary for 1876, recording the progress of some of his paintings, detailing sketching trips around Boston and Vermont, and noting daily expenses; sketchbooks, 1885, 1905, 1913-14; photographs of his murals and paintings; snapshots of his friends and himself; and a scrapbook of clippings, 1905-1925.

Biographical/Historical Note

Landscape painter, illustrator; New York City. One of The Ten American Painters. Worked in Southwest U.S. painting Zuni Indians 1881-1883; associated with artists' colonies in Old Lyme, Conn., and Cornish, N.H.


Lent for microfilming by Addison Metcalf, 1969.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to the lender, Addison Metcalf, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel N70-13 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

Willard Leroy Metcalf papers, 1876-1925. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.