Archives of American Art

Otto Bacher papers

Collection ID:
Bacher, Otto H. (Otto Henry), 1856-1909
Physical Description:
0.5 Linear feet
(343 items on 3 reels of microfilm)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Notebooks, correspondence, photographs, art works, printed materials, and miscellany.
Scope and Contents
REEL 1654: A notebook listing prices of printmaking supplies; 3 illustrated notebooks; a passport, 1878; letters to Bacher and his wife Mary from Robert Blum concerning his travels to Japan, from John M. Carrier and Gari Melchers; condolence letters to Mary; photographs of Bacher; a photograph album of an artists' party, including Bacher, John White Alexander, James Carroll Beckwith, Edwin Blashfield, Robert Blum, William Merritt Chase, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, John LaFarge, Will Hicok Low, Frances Millet, John Singer Sargent, Jules Turcas, John Twatchmann, and J. Alden Weir; and photographs of tableaux at the American Art Club, Munich, 1878-1897, the Bronxville studio, and works of art; exhibition announcements and catalogs; clippings; reproductions; a Frank Duveneck exhibition catalogue, 1938; and miscellany.
Scope and Contents
REEL 1654, frames 327-371: Six drawings and 28 etchings including scenes of Venice and landscapes; two drawings "Caricatures of Some of the Venetian Group of 1886" by Robert Blum; an etching of Venice by Theodore M. Wendel; snapshots and a few photographs, including one of the interior of the Hotel Gramatan.
Scope and Contents
REEL 2786: An undated letter to Bacher from Robert Blum, discussing his mental and physical condition and thanking Bacher for his kindness.
Scope and Contents
REEL 3967: Three letters to the Bachers from their nephew, Lewis Archibald Blum; a photo of Bacher, 1887; a circular "Panama-Pacific International Exposition of San Francisco," 1915; and a pamphlet from the Metropolitan Museum, "Publications on Sale," 1938.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Impressionist painter and etcher; Cleveland, Ohio. Studied with Frank Duveneck in Cincinnati and Boulanger in Paris.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels 1654, 2786, and 3967 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Art work and some photographs, reel 1654, frames 327-371 & 417: originals returned to the lenders, Mr. and Mrs. Will Bacher after microfilming.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Papers originally lent for filming 1979 by Mr. and Mrs. Will Bacher, Bacher's son and son's wife. Will Bacher's grandchildren subsequently donated most of this material in 1985 and six other items. Art work and a few photographs (reel 1654, frames 327-371 and 417) previously lent were not donated with other materials in 1985.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Impressionism (Art) Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painting, Modern -- 19th century Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Drawings Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Blum, Robert Frederick, 1857-1903 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wendel, Theodore, 1859-1932 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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