Charles C. Perkins papers

Collection ID:
Perkins, Charles C. (Charles Callahan), 1823-1886
Physical Description:
64 Items
(on 2 partial microfilm reels)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Sketches, watercolors, sketchbook, a photograph and an illustrated journal.
Scope and Contents
REEL 268: 58 pencil and pen and ink studies of sculpture in Italy; 3 watercolors; a photograph of Perkins; and a 27 page journal kept while in Spain, July 2-l8, 1854. Perkins writes mainly about the countryside, museums, the Alhambra, architecture, and military movements due to the insurrection in Madrid. The journal is illustrated with 6 drawings.
Scope and Contents
REEL 4677: A sketchbook, April-June, 1844, of travel in Italy, containing 20 pencil drawings of architecture, landscapes, and portraits of local people.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Painter, etcher, author, art and music critic; Boston, Mass. Perkins studied art in Rome and Paris and promoted art education for the masses. He organized the Boston Art Club and served as president, 1869-1879; was a founder and honorary director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and was instrumental in instituting an art curriculum for Massachusetts and the city of Boston. Perkins was the author of ITALIAN SCULPTORS and TUSCAN SCULPTORS, both illustrated by his own drawings.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels 268 and 4677 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Sketchbook, reel 4677: Original returned to lender, Diana Korzenik, after microfilming.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Papers on reel 268 were received from heirs along with papers of Elizabeth Ward Perkins and Samuel Gray Ward. (Perkins was Elizabeth Ward Perkins' father-in-law.) The sketchbook on reel was lent for filming in 1991 by Diana Korzenik, who purchased it from a flea market in Nashua, New Hampshire and was told that it came from a Massachusetts house.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Keywords table of terms and types.
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Spain -- History -- 19th century Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Italy -- description and travel Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sketchbooks Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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