Stuart Davis correspondence with Francis Henry Taylor

Collection ID:
Davis, Stuart, 1892-1964
Taylor, Francis Henry, 1903-1957
Physical Description:
11 Items
(on partial microfilm reel)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Letter, May 19, 1940, from Davis to Francis Henry Taylor, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Davis writes that the "rejection of my work by the acquisitions committee of your museum, followed by Mr. Wehle's explanation of the reason for that rejection, was merely indicative of the fact that work in the style of mine is not usual here." He encloses photographs of his work so that Taylor can "review them and make his own decision ..."; 8 of the 9 photographs are annotated by Davis with title, medium, dimensions, and date. Also included is a carbon of Taylor's acknowledgement, May 22, 1940, and a note, May 23, [1940], enclosing the photos, from Taylor to Metropolitan curator Harry B. Wehle: "Herewith some curious examples of ultra-modern art."

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Stuart Davis (1892-1964) was a painter and teacher, from New York.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 4909 (fr. 1090-1112) available at Archives of American Art and through interlibrary loan.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Franklin Riehlman, 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
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art museums -- New York (State) -- New York Function Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wehle, Harry B. (Harry Brandeis), b. 1887 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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