Isabel Lydia Whitney papers

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.whitisab
Creators:
Whitney, Isabel Lydia, 1884-1962
Dates:
1832-1973
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
37 Items
(on partial microfilm reel)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
2 notebooks, one labeled "Paintings/Watercolor/Landscapes" (79 pages) and the other "Decoration/Fresco/Drawings/Misc./Oils" (129 pages) containing titles and descriptions of works completed; lists of works exhibited at the Society of Independent Artists, 1917-1941; 3 exhibition catalogs and announcements, undated, 1963-1964; 2 scrapbooks containing correspondence and articles associated with Ms. Whitney; 1 album of 34 photographs of Ms. Whitney from infancy to young adulthood, of her family and friends, and of her murals; 2 samples of floral fabric designs and 1 sample of wallpaper designed for Katzenbach & Warren, Inc.
Scope and Contents
3 watercolor studies for murals; 1 pen and ink drawing of the trademark for Whitney Work Stop Motion Silk; 18 photographs of Ms. Whitney, her family, and works of art; and 3 letters from Dawn Langley Simmons to Robert Coggins regarding Ms. Whitney's paintings, 1972-1973.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Painter. Known as the first woman fresco painter in America. Studied at Pratt Institute. Using Cennino Cennini's fifteenth century book on fresco painting as a guide, Ms. Whitney devised her own fresco formulas that could better endure the harsh New York climate. Her career as a fresco painter ended, however, after a crippling fall but she was to continue to work in watercolors and oils. Ms. Whitney also decorated homes of the famous, restored old houses, and designed wallpaper (including restoration of the Williamsburg prints). She exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum, Fifteen Gallery, Pen & Brush Club, and others.
Biographical / Historical
Ms. Whitney is a direct descendant of William Penn and Eli Whitney.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 3615 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Originals returned to Robert Coggins after microfilming.
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Lent for microfilming 1985 by Robert P. Coggins.

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
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Mural painting and decoration -- New York (State) -- Brooklyn Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Texile design -- New York (State) -- Brooklyn Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Muralists -- New York (State) -- Brooklyn Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Textile designers -- New York (State) -- Brooklyn Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Simmons, Dawn Langley Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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