Archives of American Art

John Frederick Kensett papers

Collection ID:
Kensett, John Frederick, 1816-1872
Physical Description:
6 Reels
ca. 2,020 items (on 6 microfilm reels)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Correspondence, register of paintings sold, financial material, photographs, a diary, biographical information, a sketchbook, and printed material.
Scope and Contents
REELS N68/84-N68/85: Correspondence, mostly with family members and with many of Kensett's letters describing life, artists, and patrons while working in Europe; an annual register of paintings sold; miscellaneous bills, cancelled checks, and personal legal papers; and photographs of Kensett, his studio, members of his family and the 1864 Metropolitan Fair art exhibition.
Scope and Contents
REEL N738: A diary kept by Kensett while in Naples, Rome, and London, 1847.
Scope and Contents
REEL N737: Documents, obituary notices, clippings, and lists of paintings in Kensett's estate, 1873.
Scope and Contents
REELS 1533-1534: Correspondence with Thomas Gold Appleton, Eugene Benson, John William Casilear, Benjamin Champney, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Daniel Huntington, the Kellogg family, George and J. R. Lambdin, Thomas P. Rossiter, William T. Walters, and others; notes and financial papers regarding the Metropolitan Fair of the U.S. Sanitary Commission; passports; sketchbooks; and social invitations.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Landscape painter; b. Cheshire, Conn.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels N68/84-N68/85, N737, N738, and 1533-1534 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Originals returned to lenders after microfilming.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Materials on reels N68/84-N68/85 and N738 lent for microfilming 1968 by James R. Kellogg grand-nephew of Kensett. Materials on reel N737 lent 1968 by Kennedy Galleries of New York which obtained some of Kensett's estate papers. Materials on reels 1533-1534 lent 1979 by New York State Library.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

More Information
Other Finding Aids
Other Finding Aids
A finding aid to correspondents on microfilm reels N68/84-N68/85 found on microfilm reel N68/84, frames 3-43. A finding aid to correspondence on microfilm reels 1533-1534 at Archives of American Art offices.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Landscape painting -- 19th century -- United States Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Landscape painters -- United States Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ciarrocchi, Ray, 1933- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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