A Finding Aid to the Winslow Homer letters to M. Knoedler and Company, 1900-1904, in the Archives of American Art
AAA.mknoeco
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Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.mknoeco
Creators:
Homer, Winslow, 1836-1910
Dates:
1900-1904
Languages:
English
The collection is in English.
Physical Description:
0.2 linear feet
Repository:
Archives of American Art
This small collection of twenty-two letters written by painter and illustrator Winslow Homer to his art dealer, M. Knoedler and Company, date from 1900 to 1904. These letters to the New York gallerist concern the logistics of selling his paintings and also reference agents, collectors, and art institutions where his work was being exhibited.

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
This small collection of twenty-two letters written by painter and illustrator Winslow Homer to his art dealer, M. Knoedler and Company, date from 1900 to 1904. These letters to the New York gallerist concern the logistics of selling his paintings and also reference agents, collectors, and art institutions where his work was being exhibited.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 1 series:
Series 1: Correspondence, 1900-1904 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Winslow Homer was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1836. He was raised in Cambridge, where he developed a love of art and the outdoors. At the age of 19 he began his career as an illustrator, apprenticing at the J.H. Bufford lithographic firm in Boston. He then decided to become a freelance illustrator. In 1859 Homer moved to New York to work for
Harper's Weekly
, serving as artist-correspondent for the magazine during the Civil War. After taking some art classes at the National Academy of Design, he decided to focus on oil painting. He quickly gained international recognition as a painter, and in 1866 made his first trip to Europe. In 1873 he decided to work in watercolor and found great success in his experimentation with light and color in this medium. In the mid-1880s Homer moved permanently to Prout's Neck, Maine, an isolated area where he built a studio and focused his paintings on man's struggle with nature. Also during the 1880s he worked on a series of etchings based on his paintings. Homer continued to paint for the next twenty years, vacationing summers in places such as the Adirondacks and the Bahamas to capture varied landscapes, until his death in 1910.
M. Knoedler and Co. was a New York art dealership and gallery that managed the sales and logistics involved in shipping or lending artworks to various collectors, museums, organizations, and institutions.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies note
This collection was digitized in its entirety in 2014 and is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Processing Information note
Biographical information in this finding aid was written by Erin Kinhart; all materials were processed and otherwise described by Judy Ng in 2014 with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Judy Ng
Sponsor
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
The Winslow Homer letters to M. Knoedler and Company were purchased at auction and donated by Martha J. Fleischman in memory of her father, Lawrence A. Fleischman, in 2010.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
Winslow Homer letters to M. Knoedler and Company, 1900-1904. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Access note
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Conditions Governing Use note
The Winslow Homer letters to M. Knoedler and Company are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Related Archival Materials note
The Archives of American Art also holds the Winslow Homer collection; a microfilm copy on reels 2932-2933 of the Winslow Homer and Homer family papers from the Bowdain College; and a video recording,
Winslow Homer in Maine
.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
M. Knoedler & Co. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art dealers--Illinois--Chicago Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art galleries, Commercial--New York (State)--New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art--Economic aspects Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Illustrators--Maine Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters--Maine--Prout's Neck Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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Phone: 202-633-7950
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