A Finding Aid to the William Edward Norton Glass Plate Negatives, circa 1880, circa 1990, in the Archives of American Art
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Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.nortwill
Creators:
Norton, William Edward, 1843-1916
Dates:
circa 1880
circa 1990
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.42 Linear feet
Repository:
The sixty-nine glass plate negatives of marine painter William Edward Norton (1843-1916) measure 0.42 linear feet and date from circa 1880 and include one image of Norton, and images of unidentified women and children, presumably members of Norton's family. Other negatives are of boats and sailing ships or show buildings and river and street scenes; two images are of paintings of ships. Also found is a folder of contact sheets, circa 1990, made from sixty-five of the negatives.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The sixty-nine glass plate negatives of marine painter William Edward Norton (1843-1916) measure 0.42 linear feet and date from circa 1880 and include one image of Norton, and images of unidentified women and children, presumably members of Norton's family. Other negatives are of boats and sailing ships or show buildings and river and street scenes; two images are of paintings of ships. Also found is a folder of contact sheets, circa 1990, made from sixty-five of the negatives.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as one series.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
William Edward Norton (1843-1916) was a Boston born marine painter who studied in France, and settled in London. Norton had two paintings accepted by the Paris Salon, and exhibited at the Royal Academy. He also represented the United States at the International Exposition.
Norton, who was born into a family of shipbuilders, worked as a sailor in his youth and would sketch ships, crew, and seascapes during his free time. He later attended the Lowell Institute and studied under George Innes. Sales of his paintings funded his trip to France where he studied with Antoine Vollon and painted the Normandy coast.
After living in London with his wife, Norton returned to the United States in the early 1890s and lived and worked in New York City until his death.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
All of the glass plate negatives, were digitized in 2019 and are available on the Archives of American Art website. Contact sheets were not digitized.
Processing Information
The glass plate negatives were re-housed in 2015 with a grant from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund. The collection was processed and described in a finding aid by Stephanie Ashley in 2018 and the glass plate negatives were digitized in 2019 with funding provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.
Author
Stephanie Ashley
Sponsor
Glass plate negatives in this collection were digitized in 2019 with funding provided by the Smithsonian Women's Committee.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated to the Archives of American Art in 1990 by Vose Galleries of Boston, who received them from William Welcome, a descendant of Norton.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Conditions Governing Use
The William Edward Norton glass plate negatives are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Preferred Citation
William Edward Norton glass plate negatives, circa 1880, circa 1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Marine painters -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Marine painters -- (England) Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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