Archives of American Art

Henry Rodman Kenyon papers

Collection ID:
Kenyon, Henry Rodman, 1861-1926
Physical Description:
2 Linear feet
(on 2 microfilm reels)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Biographical data, letters, notes and writings, numerous sketches, sketchbooks, photographs, and printed material.
Scope and Contents
Included are: letters from galleries, purchasers of work, museums, friends and colleagues, among them Arthur Wesley Dow and Charles Selden; posthumous correspondence from Mrs. Kenyon and her executrix; miscellaneous notes; bills; a poem, "Scituate Wharves"; an American Federation of Arts exhibition list; a quote about Dow, 1923; and handwritten information about Kenyon's funeral. Also numerous sketches, some annotated, received in random order. Some are dated; others, drawn on envelopes or scraps of paper, were given dates based on postmarks or dated printed material. Undated sketches have been organized into the following categories: animals, boats, houses, nudes and faces, outdoor scenes, and miscellaneous subjects.
Scope and Contents
Also included are 18 sketchbooks containing sketches of Etaples and Concarneau (France), Holland, Venice, Pont Aven (Brittany), Ipswich, Mass., and unidentified locations; photographs of Kenyon, his wife and others, his Paris studio, a 1926 exhibition of his work, his Ipswich house, and a painting, inscribed by Robert W. Wickenden; exhibition catalogs, 1913-1926; a menu; a picture postcard of Kenyon's summer house in Wilton, N.H.; an admission card for varnishing day at the National Academy of Design; and clippings about an exhibition and Kenyon's burial.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Painter; Ipswich, Mass. Studied painting in Paris throughout the 1880s where he met teacher and painter Arthur Wesley Dow. Settled in Ipswich, Mass. where Dow lived and ran a summer art school.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels 4595-4596 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Originals returned to the lender, Childs Gallery, after microfilming.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Lent for microfilming 1992 by Childs Gallery. The gallery owns paintings by Kenyon and received the papers from his heirs.

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

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Artists' studios -- Photographs Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artists' preparatory studies Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Impressionism (Art) Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Drawings Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sketchbooks Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Ipswich Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dow, Arthur W. (Arthur Wesley), 1857-1922 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Selden, Charles A., 1870-1949 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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