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William Edward West papers, [ca. 1818-1961]

William Edward West papers, [ca. 1818-1961]

West, William Edward, 1788-1857

Painter, Portrait painter

Collection Information

Size: 1.0 linear ft. (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: Letters, writings, business records, and printed materials.

Genealogical and biographical data; correspondence (and transcripts) with Colonel Thomas Aspinwall, members of the Astor family, Elizabeth Caton, Felicia Hemans, Washington Irving, Aaron Vail, Mary Caton Patterson Wellesley, West's sister Jane Woods, and others; letters to West's neice Aduella Price Bryant and to Laura Simpson, requesting biographical and genealogical information on West, and research notes by Bryant on West's correspondents; West's account of his visit with Lord Byron in 1822; and a yearbook belonging to Felicia Hemans.

Lists compiled in 1929 and 1961 of West's paintings and portraits; excerpts from William L. Stone's book HISTORY OF NEW YORK CITY and biographies of West's contemporaries in England; clippings on West's portraits, his genealogy, and the history of Nashville, Tenn.; and miscellany.

Biographical/Historical Note

Portrait and figure painter; London, England and New York, N.Y.

Provenance

Donated 1983 by Gertrude M. Meissner, a descendent of West.

Microfilm reel 3094 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

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