John Neagle papers

Collection ID:
Neagle, John, 1796-1865
Physical Description:
0.3 Items
(on 2 partial microfilm reels)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Letters, writings, business records, sketches and printed material.
Scope and Contents
Reel 3909: Letters from Neagle to Mary Sully Neagle, his children and a draft of a letter to Thomas Sully, and others; two journals kept by Neagle, "History of Painting, 1817" and "Lessons in Landscape Painting, 1827"; loose sheets of autobiographical matters such as "Thomas Sully's palette," an 1850 cashbook; a sketch of John Brown by Neagle; and a lease cosigned by George Catlin, 1822.
Scope and Contents
Reel 3910: Notebooks kept by Neagle including "Hints for a painter with regard to his study, 1837," "a volume containing discussions of artists such as Titian and Raphael, and another providing technical information on cleaning pictures and recipes.

Reel 3909: I. Correspondence, 1825-1859. II. Journals, 1817, 1827. III. Writings, 1826-1832. IV. Business records, 1850. V. Sketch. VI. Printed matter, 1826.
Reel 3910: I. Notebooks, 1825-1837.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Portrait painter; Philadelphia, Penn. Neagle studied under Bass Otis. Influences on Neagle's work include Thomas Sully and Gilbert Stuart. Neagle's painting "Pat Lyon at the Forge" was exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy in 1827 and brought him notoriety. Neagle married Sully's step-daughter, Mary, in 1826.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 3909 available at Archives of American Art offices, through interlibrary loan and at the Free Library of Philadelphia.
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 3910 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Originals in: American Philosophical Society, 105 South 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The American Philosophical Society owns five Neagle notebooks, of which the APS filmed three. The Archives pruchased a copy of the film, and filmed the remaining two notebooks along with Neagle correspondence, printed matter and writings.

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
Art, American -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Landscape painting -- Study and teaching Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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