Oral history interview with Francis Speight

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.speigh87
Creators:
Speight, Francis, 1896-1989
Blakeslee, Sarah Jane, 1912-
Sellin, David
Dates:
1987 April 4-5
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
118 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Francis Speight conducted 1987 April 4-5, by David Sellin, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Speight speaks of his family background; early aspirations; his studies at the Corcoran School of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; the faculty and administration at the Academy including Arthur B. Carles, Hugh Breckenridge, Henry McCarter, Daniel Garber, and Hobson Pittman; his scholarships and fellowships; teaching at the Academy; the Academy's summer school at Chester Springs; painting in Manayunk; and his experiences as a juror. Speight's wife Sarah Blakeslee is also present during a portion of the interview and describes her studies at Chester Springs.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Francis Speight (1896-1989) was a painter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Born in North Carolina.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These interviews are 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 5 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 10 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hr., 40 min.

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art, American Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Breckenridge, Hugh H. (Hugh Henry), 1870-1937 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Carles, Arthur B., 1882-1952 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Garber, Daniel, 1880- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
McCarter, Henry, 1866-1942 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pittman, Hobson Lafayette, 1899 or 1900-1972 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sartain, Harriet, 1873-1957 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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