Desmond Fitzgerald papers

Collection ID:
Fitzgerald, Desmond, 1846-1926
Physical Description:
0.6 Linear feet
(on 3 microfilm reels)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Correspondence; press clippings; 28 volumes of a diary; an account book; and a catalog.
Scope and Contents
REEL D177: Letters from Macknight to Desmond Fitzgerald, Boston critic, collector, dealer, and biographer of Dodge Macknight; press clippings concerning Macknight exhibitions; and letters to Fitzgerald from Isabella Gardner, Claude Monet, and John Henry Twachtman, mostly relating to Macknight.
Scope and Contents
REELS 2774-2775: 28 volumes of Fitzgerald's personal diary (not in consecutive order) which include a few clippings and photographs; Early volumes relate to Fitzgerald's professional work. Later volumes after 1900 reflect his art interests, giving a full picture of his involvement in the art world. Also contains an account book and a catalog of Fitzgerald's estate sale after his death, IMPORTANT PAINTINGS BY THE INPRESSIONISTS: THE FITZGERALD COLLECTION, 1927.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Art patron, art collector, and engineer; Brookline, Mass. Served on the boards of the Boston Public Library and of the Copley Society. In 1913, he arranged to have the Armory Show come to Boston. His collection of mainly French and American impressionist paintings by Claude Monet, Dodge Macknight, and others became a kind of semi-public museum. Upon his death, the collection was sold at auction.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels D177 and 2774-2775 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Reel D177: Originals returned to Andrew Oliver after microfilming.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Material on reel D177 was lent for microfilming 1965 by Andrew Oliver; material on reels 2774-2775 was purchased 1979 from an auction in New Hampshire by the dealers R. & D. Emerson of Falls Village, Conn. The Archives of American Art arranged to purchase them through a grant from the Hope Foundation of Providence, R.I., a philanthropic organization founded by the Brown family. Fitzgerald was a cousin of John Nicholas Brown.

Other Title
Other Title
Dodge Macknight papers (microfilm reel D177 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.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art -- Collectors and collecting Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Impressionism (Art) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art patrons -- Massachusetts Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Twachtman, John Henry, 1853-1902 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gardner, Isabella Stewart, 1840-1924 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
MacKnight, Dodge, 1860-1950 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Monet, Claude, 1840-1926 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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