Oral history interview with Henry Plumer McIlhenny
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Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.mcilhe74
Creators:
McIlhenny, Henry P.
Cummings, Paul
United States. Works Progress Administration
Dates:
1974 Oct. 28
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
56 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Henry Plumer McIlhenny conducted 1974 Oct. 28, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
McIlhenny speaks about his parent's interest in collecting; his own collecting; studying with Paul Sachs at Harvard; his interest in 19th century art, travels to Europe, purchasing works by Seurat, Degas, Ingres, and Chardin; dealers he worked with including Paul Rosenberg and Valentine Dudensing; his tenure as decorative arts curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, staff, and exhibitions; the completion of the museum building by the WPA; and commissioning paintings from Franklin Watkins.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Henry McIlhenny (1910-1986) was an art collector, curator, and arts administrator from Philadelphia, Pa.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This interview is part of the Archives' Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.

General
General
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 4 min.

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Keywords
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Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Pennsylvania -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Watkins, Franklin Chenault, 1894-1972 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rosenberg, Paul, 1881-1959 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Philadelphia Museum of Art Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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