Betty Carpenter papers

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.carpbett
Creators:
Carpenter, Betty
Dates:
1919-1965
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
3 Linear feet
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Papers documenting Betty Carpenter's extensive research of John Orne Johnson Frost and George E. Lothrop, the naive painters whose work she collected. Included are: drafts, notes and typescripts of Carpenter's unpublished book on Frost; primary source material including letters from Frost to his grandchildren, copies of articles by Frost; photographs of Frost, his family and paintings; 3 scrapbooks compiled by Frost; exhibition catalogs; notes on George E. Lothrop; and miscellaneous printed material.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Frost began to paint at, approximately, age 70. His naive paintings recreated from memory scenes from his youth at sea, or scenes of village life in Marblehead, Massachusetts. His death date is Nov. 3, 1928 (although listed in some sources as 1929 or 1952). Lothrop, also of Massachusetts, painted fanciful or mythical scenes in oil.
Biographical / Historical
Betty Carpenter, was an art historian, biographer and collector; Massachusetts. Her collection comprised the work of Massachusetts folk artists John Orne Johnson and George E. Lothrop.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1972 by Peter Carpenter.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
In addition to collecting the work of these two artists, Carpenter gathered primary source material, such as Frost's scrapbooks and diaries, as well as utilizing secondary sources; this, exclusively, in the case of George E. Lothrop on whom information was rather more limited; for the purpose of compiling biographies of the two. After both Carpenter and her husband had died, the art collection was sold at auction and the reposit of the source materials facilitated by an agent of the auction house. The source material, through Parke-Bernet, was eventually given to the Archives.

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.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Scrapbooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Biographers -- Massachusetts Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Folk artists -- Massachusetts Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Collectors Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art historians Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Marine painters Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Frost, John Orne Johnson, 1852-1928 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lothrop, George E., 1867-1939 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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