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More Information | A Finding Aid to the William Cushing Loring papers, 1899-1961 | Digitized Collection

William Cushing Loring papers, 1899-1961

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A Finding Aid to the William Cushing Loring Papers, 1899-1961, in the Archives of American Art
Megan Bean
Scope and Contents
The William Cushing Loring papers measure 0.7 linear feet and date from 1899-1961. The collection documents Loring's artistic education in Paris and London and his career as an artist and instructor through correspondence, printed materials, and photographs.
Correspondence consists primarily of letters from William Cushing Loring to other Loring family members, including Stanton D. Loring, his father; Mrs. Stanton D. Loring, his mother; Robert Loring, his brother; and Elizabeth and Helen Loring, his sisters. Letters document Loring's life as an artist living abroad in Paris and London. He writes of visits to the studios of John Singer Sargent, Francis David Millet, and Lawrence Alma-Tadema; trips to museums and galleries; excursions to copy paintings in the Louvre and the London National Gallery; evening entertainment; and accounts of daily expenses. Some letters addressed to his parents include illustrations, sketches in ink and graphite, as well as miniature paintings. Letters from Helen Loring and Robert Loring to their parents, as well as unidentified letters, are also present. Envelopes are for the most part matched to letters, but fragment envelopes and letters are integrated within collection.
Printed materials include exhibition catalogs, newspaper obituary clippings for William Cushing Loring, bulletins for Rhode Island School of Design alumni, a holiday card for Loring's studio, and business cards.
Photographic material includes photographs of works of art by William Cushing Loring and photographs of the artist. Photographs of the artist include portraits and photographs of Loring with his family. Included among photographs of works of art are photos by Elmer Chickering.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated by William Loring Cushing, Jr., son of the artist, in 1985.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art
Processing Information
Materials received a preliminary level of processing at some point after donation and were microfiled to reel 3589. The entire collection was fully processed, arranged, and described by Megan Bean and digitized in 2016.