James Wells Champney collection

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.chamjame
Creators:
Champney, James Wells, 1843-1903
Dates:
1802-1904
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
0.2 Linear feet
ca. 1000 items (on 4 microfilm reels)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Correspondence; diaries; lists of paintings, bills, and receipts; sketchbook and sketches; clippings; tintype photograph; and printed material.
Scope and Contents
REEL 266: Pages from a scrapbook containing 14 sketches by Champney, clippings from a Lady's Home Companion, a tintype photograph of Champney and fellow painter Francis Davis Millet, and printed regulations for the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Painter and illustrator; New York, N.Y. Born in Boston, Mass. Genre painter of rural scences and country home life. Studied with Edouard Frere and at the Antwerp Academy, 1868. Exhibited at the Paris Salon, 1869.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels 121-122, 266, and 3766 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Reels 121-122: Originals in Forbes Library, Northampton, Mass.
Existence and Location of Originals
Reel 3766: Original in: Art Research of Cambridge, Cambridge, Mass.
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Scrapbook on reel 266 purchased by AAA from the Corcoran Gallery of Art 1959. Reels 121-122 were lent for microfilming 1971 by the Forbes Library, Northhampton, Mass. Sketchbook on reel 3766 lent for microfilming 1986 by Art Research of Cambridge, a firm specializing in consulting and research on 18th and 19th century American painting. The firm's owners, George Haich and Nicholas Kimer, purchased the sketchbook at auction.

Other Title
Other Title
Art Research of Cambridge papers (microfilm title)

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.

Related Materials
Also in the Archives is microfilm of Champney papers held in other repositories, including correspondence; diaries, 1861, 1865, 1866; lists of paintings, bills, and receipts (reels 121-122); and a sketchbook containing primarily figure studies and portraits in black and blue pencil and pen and ink (reel 3766). Some sketches are notated, several are dated, and one is signed "Champ" - therefore attributing the work to Champney who signed his early work in this manner. [Microfilm title: Art Research of Cambridge papers]

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art, Modern -- 19th century -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painting, American Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Figure drawing Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Portrait drawing -- 19th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sketchbooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Illustrators Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Millet, Francis Davis, 1846-1912 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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