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Worthington Whittredge papers, circa 1840s-1965, bulk 1849-1908

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 4 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1849-circa 1940s
(Box 1, 5, OV 9; 0.4 linear feet)

Biographical documents about Worthington Whittredge include his passport from his travels throughout Europe in the 1850s, a certificate of marriage to his wife Euphemia Foot, and a National Academy of Design certificate of appreciation presented to him on his 88th birthday and signed by many members. Also found here is Whittredge's ledger from Düsseldorf which contains many memorandums, addresses, lists of letters received, lists of his commissions (which often include small sketches of the artwork), and copies of documents such as his grandfather's will. This series also contains a handwritten draft of Whittredge's autobiography, which he finished writing in 1905. Additional items include a typed copy of Whittredge genealogical information, a brief letter to Whittredge from politician Nicholas Longworth, and four letters of correspondence between his daughter Euphemia Whittredge and others regarding Emauel Leutze's painting Washington Crossing the Delaware. There are also additional notes written by E. Whittredge (probably Euphemia) about Whittredge's paintings. Her notes also include a few photographs and reproductions of his artwork. Of note is a photograph of an 1849 painted miniature portrait of Whittredge.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
Description Container Select
Passport, 1849-1859
1 (hol)
1
Ledger, 1849-1856
(Oversized, see Box 5, F1)
1 (hol)
2
Marriage Certificate, 1867
1 (hol)
3
Certificates, 1889, 1904, 1908
(Oversized in OV 9)
1 (hol)
4
Manuscript of Autobiography, circa 1905
(5 folders)
1 (hol)
5-9
List of Whittredge Family Births & Deaths, 1906
1 (hol)
10
Letters, 1906, 1932
1 (hol)
11
Biographical Notes compiled by E. Whittredge (probably daughter Euphemia), circa 1940s
1 (hol)
12
Handwritten Lyrics to "Remember, Love, Remember,", circa 1860s
1 (hol)
13
Ledger, 1849-1856
(Scanned with Box 1, F2)
5 (sol)
1
Certificates, 1889, 1904, 1908
(Scanned with Box 1, F4)
OV 9

Series 2: Printed Material , 1861-1965
(Box 1, 4-5, OV 9; 0.4 linear feet)

Three catalogs include an 1875 National Academy of Design and a catalog of wallpaper designed by William Katzenbach from drawings by Worthington Whittredge. There are news clippings about Whittredge, a price list for etchings by Anders Zorn, and several printed engravings of Whittredge's artwork. Also of note is the book Recollections of the Art Exhibition, Metropolitan Fair, New York, published by Mathew Brady, which includes a catalog of the art exhibition at the fair and 20 images by Brady. The book includes an image of Whittredge with a group of men (probably the Committee of the Fine Art, of which Whittredge was a member) and nineteen images of the art installation of the exhibition.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Catalogs, 1875, 1944, 1951
1 (hol)
14
News Clippings & Magazine Articles, 1861-1908
1 (hol)
15
News Clippings & Magazine Articles, 1932-1965
1 (hol)
16
List, "Original Etchings by Anders Zorn,", circa 1910
1 (hol)
17
Book, Recollections of the Art Exhibition, Metropolitan Fair, New York, by Mathew Brady, 1864
(Oversized, See Box 4)
1 (hol)
18
Prints of Whittredge Paintings, 1889- early-1900s
(Oversized in Box 5, OV 9)
1 (hol)
19
Book, Recollections of the Art Exhibition, Metropolitan Fair, New York, by Mathew Brady, 1864
(Scanned with Box 1, F18)
4
Prints of Whittredge Paintings, 1889- early-1900s
(Scanned with Box 1, F19)
5 (sol)
2
Prints of Whittredge Paintings, 1889- early-1900s
(Scanned with Box 1, F19)
OV 9

Series 3: Artwork , circa 1840s-1902
(Box 2, 5, OV 6-9; 0.6 linear feet)

Six sketchbooks and loose drawings and painting studies by Worthington Whittredge primarily document scenes from his travels in the American mid-west and west, Europe, and Mexico. An 1849 sketchbook documents his trip down the Rhine River to Düsseldorf, Germany, and includes pencil and ink sketches of the Rhine River valley, such as panoramic landscapes, architectural ruins, vegetation, and people. The 1857-1861 sketchbook contains sketches done while in Rome, including landscapes and figure sketches. The 1874-1897 sketchbook includes sketches and watercolors documenting his travels in Mexico in the late 1890s. Three additional sketchbooks include sketches of landscapes, figures, vegetation, and animals. Some of the sketches contain annotations such as the date and location.
Loose drawings and paintings include numerous landscape drawings by Whittredge, drawn from nature during his travels in Germany, Switzerland, and Rome in the 1850s, as well as his travels throughout the Midwest and New England during the 1860s and 1870s. Most of the drawings are not labeled or dated. There are several watercolor sketches of landscapes, three large drawings of the Lagio Maggiore, a lake in Italy, and several drawings and paintings of people, including Roman peasants. Also found here are sketches of trees and miscellaneous drawings of animals and other objects. Additionally, there are two pencil drawings, one watercolor, and one print of artwork by Wilhelm Camphausen, a Düsseldorf painter of historical scenes.
This series has been scanned in its entirety. Sketchbooks are arranged in chronological order. Loose drawings and paintings are are arranged by subject matter.
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Sketchbook, 1849
1 (hol)
20
Sketchbook, 1857-1861
2 (hol)
1
Sketchbook, circa 1865-1891
2 (hol)
2
Sketchbook, 1874-1897
2 (hol)
3
Sketchbook, 1881
2 (hol)
4
Sketchbook, circa 1894-1902
2 (hol)
5
Landscape Drawings, circa 1852-1881
(Oversized in Box 5, Folders 3 & 4, and OV 6-9)
2 (hol)
6
Watercolor Sketches of Landscapes, circa 1850s
(Oversized in Box 5, Folder 5)
2 (hol)
7
Drawings of Lagio Maggiore, Italy, 1857
(Oversized, see Box 5, Folder 6)
2 (hol)
8
Drawings of Trees, circa 1840s-1850s
(Oversized in Box 5, Folder 7)
2 (hol)
9
Drawings & Paintings of People, circa 1857
(Oversized, see Box 5, Folder 8)
2 (hol)
10
Sketches of Roman Figures, circa 1850s
2 (hol)
11
Miscellaneous Loose Drawings and Paintings, circa 1850s-1865
(Oversized in Box 5, Folder 9)
2 (hol)
12
Artwork by Wilhelm Camphausen, 1854
2 (hol)
13
Landscape Drawings, circa 1852-1881
(Scanned with Box 2, F6)
5 (sol)
3-4
Landscape Drawings, circa 1852-1881
(Scanned with Box 2, F6)
OV 6-9
Watercolor Sketches of Landscapes, circa 1850s
(Scanned with Box 2, F7)
5 (sol)
5
Drawings of Lagio Maggiore, Italy, 1857
(Scanned with Box 2, F8)
5 (sol)
6
Drawings of Trees, circa 1840s-1850s
(Scanned with Box 2, F9)
5 (sol)
7
Drawings & Paintings of People, circa 1857
(Scanned with Box 2, F10)
5 (sol)
8
Miscellaneous Loose Drawings and Paintings, circa 1850s-1965
(Scanned with Box 2, F12)
5 (sol)
9

Series 4: Photographs , circa 1850s-1860s, circa 1900
(Box 2-3; 0.3 linear feet)

This series consists of two photographs taken by M. Louise Greene of Worthington Whittredge painting in his studio, a copyprint of a carte de visite portrait of Whittredge, and four photographs of unidentified artwork. Also found is a photograph album containing 32 autographed cartes de visite of artists, collected by Whittredge. Two photographs are unidentified. Three photographs have been removed and only an autograph appears on the page. Some of the photographs may have been moved to different pages within the book, and the researcher will need to verify that each photograph actually matches the autograph on the page.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Photographs of Worthington Whittredge, circa 1864, 1900
2 (hol)
14
Photographs of Artwork, circa 1900
2 (hol)
15
Photograph Album, circa 1850s-1860s
(Included are Albert Bierstadt, George H. Baker, William Holbrook Beard, Albert F. Bellows, John G. Brown, Seth Wells Cheney, Frederic Church, Jasper Cropsey, Thomas Seir Cummings, Mauritz De Haas, Francois Regis Gignoux, Henry Peters Gray, Seymour Guy, George Henry Hall, William Hart, William Hennessy, Richard W. Hubbard, Daniel Huntington, Henry Augustus Loop, Jervis McEntee, Samuel F. B. Morse, William Page, Horace Wolcott Robbins, Aaron Shattuck, James Augustus Suydam, Launt Thompson, Robert W. Weir, Henry Wenzler, Edwin White, and George Yewell, and two unidentified artists.)
3 (pam)
1

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