A Finding Aid to the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Blake Papers, 1915-1975, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.blakeliz
Creators:
Blake, Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Dates:
1915-1975
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
0.6 Linear feet
Repository:
The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Blake papers measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1915 to 1975. Found is correspondence, material related to The Portrait Class taught by Cecilia Beaux and Luis F. Mora, scattered writings and an interview of Blake by Kitty Gelhorn, printed material, and a mixed-media scrapbook.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Blake papers measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1915 to 1975. Found is correspondence, material related to The Portrait Class taught by Cecilia Beaux and Luis F. Mora, scattered writings and an interview of Blake by Kitty Gelhorn, printed material, and a mixed-media scrapbook.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Due to the small size of this collection, the papers are arranged as one series.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Elizabeth Cady Stanton Blake (1894-1981) was a portrait painter and arts administrator active in New York City.
Known as Betty, Blake began her study of art at the Art Students League of New York. Her goal was to study with portrait painter Cecilia Beaux, who was convinced by Blake to come out of retirement when Blake offered to form a new class. Blake then directed and managed The Portrait Class, which was held at the Gainsborough Studios, from 1918 to 1927. Largely, the classes were attended by society ladies due to the high ($250) cost of tuition. Due to Beaux's work in Europe, Luis F. Mora taught the class in the early 1920s.
Blake married William Harold Blake in 1927 and together they had a daughter. She died in 1981 in Wareham, Massachusetts.

Administration
Author
Jayna M. Josefson
Sponsor
Processing of this collection received Federal support from the Collections Care Initiative Fund, administered by the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative and the National Collections Program
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Elizabeth S. Blake donated her mother's papers to the Archives of American Art in 1987.
Processing Information
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Jayna Josefson in 2020.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Preferred Citation
Elizabeth Cady Stanton Blake papers, 1915-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art students -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Portrait painters -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women artists Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women painters Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women arts administrators Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Interviews Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scrapbooks Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Beaux, Cecilia, 1855-1942 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mora, F. Luis (Francis Luis), 1874-1940 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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