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William Edward Norton glass plate negatives, circa 1880, circa 1990

Norton, William E. (William Edward), 1843-1916

Marine painter

This site provides access to the papers of William E. (William Edward) Norton in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2019, and total 69 images.

Glass plate negatives in this collection were digitized in 2019 with funding provided by the Smithsonian Women's Committee.

Collection Information

Size: 0.42 linear ft. (69 negatives and 11 contact sheets)

Summary: The sixty-nine glass plate negatives of marine painter William Edward Norton (1843-1916) measure 0.42 linear feet and date from circa 1880 and include one image of Norton, and images of unidentified women and children, presumably members of Norton's family. Other negatives are of boats and sailing ships or show buildings and river and street scenes; two images are of paintings of ships. Also found is a folder of contact sheets, circa 1990, made from sixty-five of the negatives.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Edward Norton (1843-1916) was a Boston born marine painter who studied in France, and settled in London. Norton had two paintings accepted by the Paris Salon, and exhibited at the Royal Academy. He also represented the United States at the International Exposition.

Provenance

The collection was donated to the Archives of American Art in 1990 by Vose Galleries of Boston, who received them from William Welcome, a descendant of Norton

Funding

Glass plate negatives in this collection were digitized in 2019 with funding provided by the Smithsonian Women's Committee.