Robert Blum letters to Alexander Drake

Collection ID:
Drake, Alexander, 1843-1916
Physical Description:
8 Items

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Eight letters from Robert Frederick Blum to Alexander Drake concerning Blum's travels in Venice, Madrid, Tokyo, and Alexandria, Virginia. Blum describes his surroundings and briefly mentions his art work, such as in a letter introducing "Mr. Hodges, a gentleman from St. Louis" for whom he plans to illustrate an article on Venetian life. Some of the letters have small illustrations.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Blum was a painter, illustrator, and muralist in New York City. He worked for SCRIBNER'S in 1879, and in 1890 he traveled to Japan. Alexander Drake was a wood engraver, art editor, and patron in New York City. From 1881-1912, he was director of the Art Department and art editor of CENTURY magazine.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 3582 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Reproduction Note
Three letters are photocopies.
Existence and Location of Originals
Originals in the possession of Paul Hart 7 Dunanderry Drive, Paxton, Massachusetts 01612
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Dr. Paul Hart, who had purchased them from Lewis A. Shepard. Shephard had purchased the letters from Drake's granddaughter, Hilah (?) Wheeler Remaily (?).

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
Illustrators Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Blum, Robert Frederick, 1857-1903 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
750 9th Street, NW
Victor Building, Suite 2200
Washington, D.C. 20001