Archives of American Art

William Morris Hunt letters and photographs

Collection ID:
Hunt, William Morris, 1824-1879
Physical Description:
10 Items
(on 3 partial microfilm reels)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Two letters, 6 photographs; and 2 catalogs.
Scope and Contents
REEL 64: 6 photographs of his paintings, priced catalog used for a sale of his paintings (1880), and an auction catalog (1898).
Scope and Contents
REEL 2814: Portion of an undated letter to an unknown person from Hunt. He quotes from an article "Peintre Vivants" in the REVUE DE PARIS.
Scope and Contents
REEL 3697: A letter to William Claflin, August 21, 1873, regarding Hunt's PORTRAIT OF AGNES ELIZABETH CLAFLIN (William Claflin's daughter). Hunt offers to show Claflin the "best way of turning the picture for the proper light." Also included is a receipt for three thousand dollars for the portrait.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
William Morris Hunt (1824-1879) was a painter and instructor from Boston, Mass. Hunt drowned in the Isle of Shoals, N.H., possibly a suicide.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels 64, 2814, and 3697 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donor of the photos on reel 64 unknown. The catalogs are actually from the Macbeth Gallery records, and may have been microfilmed with them. Letter on reel 2814, fr. 773-777 donated 1981 by Letitia Howe; and reel 3697 transferred from the National Museum of American Art, 1986.

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.
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Portrait painting -- Massachusetts Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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