Hart family photographs and clipping

Collection ID:
Hart family
Physical Description:
11 Items
(on a partial microfilm reel)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Cartes-de-visite and cabinet photographs depicting James McDougal Hart (1865), Hart's wife Marie Theresa Hart, their daughters, Letitia and Marie Theresa, and a painting, accompanied by an undated clipping "A Woman Who Paints Women" from Metropolitan Magazine, concerning the work of Letitia and her sister Mary Theresa.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
James McDougal Hart, the younger brother of painter William Hart, worked as an apprentice to a coach and sign painter in Albany before he went abroad to study in Munich and Dusseldorf under Johann Wilhelm Schirmer and others. He opened a studio in New York in 1857 and the following year was elected an associate of the National Academy. In 1859 he became an academician. He married amateur painter Marie Theresa Gorsuch in 1866, and their children Robert Gorsuch, Mary Theresa, and Letitia also became artists. Hart is associated with the Hudson River School, specializing in painting landscapes with cows and oxen.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 4283 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1988 by Edward B. Sackett. Mrs. Seth C. Beach of Saginaw, Michigan, Sackett's great-grandmother, was a cousin of James McDougal Hart's aunt, Mrs. Robert J.S. Page of Flint, Michigan. Through these connections, the families were friendly. Sackett's grandfather visited the McDougals in Brooklyn and, over the years, photographs were exchanged.

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
Women painters -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hart, James McDougal, 1828-1901 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hart, Letitia Bonnet, b. 1867 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hart, Marie Theresa Gorsuch, 1829-1921 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hart, Mary Theresa, b. 1872 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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