Brumbaugh's Collection: Correspondence including Ambrose Andrews & Chester Harding - 1779-1981

About the Project

What details of exhibition, patronage, and camaraderie between artists will you find in this portion of letters written and received by prominent figures in 19th and 20th century American art? In this project, you'll read letters by Ambrose Andrews, Edward Bates, Gifford Beal, Aaron Bohrod, Carroll Clear, Samuel Colman, Josephine Daskam, Daniel Denison Rogers, William Elliot, George de Forest Brush, and Chester Harding. The letters' subjects cover a wide range of topics, including the buying and selling of art, invitations to dinner, and general correspondence. The catalog record for this group of letters may help with names and context as you transcribe.

From his youth, Thomas Brumbaugh (1921-2011) collected autographed correspondence. Mr. Brumbaugh’s collecting instincts resulted in a unique collaborative collection. The letters in his collection provide a glimpse into the lives of a variety of 19th and 20th century American artists, including Abbott Thayer. Brumbaugh was a professor of fine arts at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and author of many articles on American art and artists.

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