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Whittemore, Harris, 1864-1927

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role Collector
dates 1864-1927
city Naugatuck
other citiesAndover, MA; Middlebury, CT; Waterbury, CT;
gender M
historical notes Arthur Harris Whittemore was an art collector and businessman. His father, also an art collector, was John Howard Whittemore (1837-1910).

Whittemore began collecting art in the 1890’s, and his collection included paintings by, among others, J. A. M. Whistler, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, and Eugène Carrière.

Whittemore's collection of etchings sold at a New York City auction via Parke-Bernet Galleries in 1949; the sale included work by, among others, Cassatt, Whistler, Degas, Muirhead Bone, James McBey, and Anders Zorn.

In April 1938, forty two paintings from the Harris Whittemore collection were exhibited at Naugatuck's Tuttle House, as a benefit for the Children's Center. Works of art by Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, and J. A. M. Whistler, were included in the exhibition.

Whittemore served on the board of the Eastern Malleable Iron Company, the New Haven Railroad, Landers, Frary & Clark (New Britain), National Malleable Castings Company (Cleveland), Link Belt Company (Chicago), American Pin Company, and the Colonial Trust Company (Hartford, CT). He belonged to the Metropolitan Club in New York City.

Whittmore married Justine Morgan Brockway (1869-1940) in 1892, they had three children: a son, Harris Whittemore, Jr. (1894-1974); and two daughters, Helen Brockway Whittemore (1897-1932), and Gertrude Spencer Whittmore (1903-1987, m. Charles Hiram Upson, 1899-1979).
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Archives of American Art August Jaccaci papers, 1889-1935 (bulk 1904-1914). see details...
Online Edition of Correspondence of James McNeill Whistler Correspondence associated with: Whittemore, Arthur Harris, 1864-1927 see details...
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives Artist File: Whittemore, Harris, 1864-1927 see details...
Archives of American Art Mary Cassatt collection, 1871-1955. see details...
Dartmouth College Letters and one postcard, 1965 June 4-1973 August 30, Norwich, Vt. and Paris, France to Harris and Roberta Whittemore, Naugatuck, Conn. see details...
Dartmouth College George Robert Stibitz Papers, 1937- see details...
Harvard Art Museum Archives Edward Waldo Forbes Papers, 1867-2005. see details...
Hill-stead Museum Theodate Pope Riddle Papers, 1865-1946 (bulk 1885-1920) see details...

see also:
Whittemore, John Howard, 1837-1910
Pope, Alfred Atmore, 1844-1913