Archives of American Art

George Whitney letters to Henry Hill Collins relating to William Trost Richards

Collection ID:
Whitney, George, d. 1885
Physical Description:
2 Items

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Two letters, March 2 and April 16, from George Whitney to prominent business owner Henry Hill Collins concerning the potential sale to Mr. Collins of the landscape painting "Lion Rock, Cornwall" by artist William Trost Richards. The letters include a detailed description of the painted scene, Richard's painting technique, and the price of the painting. Wright also writes "It is the best work that Mr. R (Richards) has ever done."

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
George Whitney (d. 1885) was an art collector from Philadelphia, Penn.

Existence and Location of Copies
Items have been scanned and are available on the Archives of American Art website.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 2007 by Polly Aird, Collins' great-grandaughter.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Richards, William Trost, 1833-1905 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Collins, Henry Hill Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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