A Finding Aid to the Frederick Stuart Church Collection, circa 1895-1905, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.churfsls
Creators:
Church, Frederick S. (Frederick Stuart), 1842-1924
Dates:
circa 1895-1905
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.1 Linear feet
Repository:
This small collection of items of New York painter Frederick Stuart Church, measures 0.1 linear feet and dates from circa 1895-1905. It includes letters, some illustrated, from Church to various people, a sketch, and a photograph of one of Church's paintings.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This small collection of items of New York painter Frederick Stuart Church, measures 0.1 linear feet and dates from circa 1895-1905. It includes letters, some illustrated, from Church to various people, a sketch, and a photograph of one of Church's paintings.
Letters include three illustrated letters to Mike Gavin, in which Church describes himself as a bear and humorously addresses one letter to "Myrtle"; a letter to Mr. Hogan regarding an etching that Church made for him; an illustrated letter to W. F. Price; a letter to Mr. Putnam regarding Kenyon Cox; a letter to Mr. Van Allen regarding a work of art by Church that he suggested calling "Easter Morning"; a letter to an unidentified recipient regarding a female model; an illustrated note to an unknown recipient in which Church writes "This is a photo of a painting I gave to the Fund for relief of discharged employees of the Stock Exchange" with a photograph enclosed of the painting Mothers Return; and a signed sketch of a tiger by Church.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as one series.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Frederick Stuart Church (1842-1924) was a painter, etcher, and illustrator in New York, New York, who specialized in animals.
Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Church studied in New York City at the National Academy of Design and joined the Art Students League. By the 1870s he had a reputation as a gifted illustrator and worked for many magazines including various Harper's publications. He was most well-known for his depictions of animals, and his paintings were purchased by leading art collectors of the day, including Charles Lang Freer, Henry Clay Frick, and Potter Palmer.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Portions of the collection are available on 35mm microfilm reels D8, 2802, and 3480 at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Processing Information
The collection was processed and a finding aid written by Stephanie Ashley in 2019.
Author
Stephanie Ashley
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection is a combination of six gifts to the Archives of American Art: a letter was donated by Nina and Victor Spark; letters were donated 1955-1962 by Charles E. Feinberg; a note and a photo were donated in 1966 by Cummer Gallery of Art, Jacksonville, Florida, having received it from "a lady in Jacksonville"; the letter to Mr. Van Allen was donated in 1960 by the Flint Art Museum; and the letters to Michael Gavin were donated in 2012 by Ann Gavin Ffolliott, Michael Gavin's great-niece. The donor of the tiger sketch is unknown.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
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.
Preferred Citation
Frederick Stuart Church papers, circa 1895-1905. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Related Materials
The Archives of American Art also holds the Frederick Stuart Church letters and art work, circa 1892-circa 1923.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Illustrators -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Etchers -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Animal painters -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Cox, Kenyon, 1856-1919 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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