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Jefferson, Joseph, 1829-1905

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role Collector
dates 1829-1905
city Bergen County
other citiesPhiladelphia, PA; Iberia Parish, LA; Palm Beach, FL; Paris, France; London, United Kingdom; Buzzards Bay, MA; Sydney, Australia;
sex M
historical notes Joseph Jefferson was an actor, author and collector.

74 paintings from Jefferson's second art collection sold in April, 1906 via the American Art Galleries at Mendelssohn Hall, New York. Among the paintings auction were eight paintings by Anton Mauve including "The Return of the Flock," "Sheep Coming Out of the Forrest," and " The Loggers," Rembrandt's "Portrait of Petronella Buys;" Israel's "Madonna of the Cottage;" A Daubigny's "Evening on the Oise," and "The Horseman" by Corot. Other artists represented in the Jefferson sale were Van Marcke, Kever, R A John Constable, Jean Baptiste Greuze, Adolphe Monticelli, Diaz, Troyon, Thomas Couture, Lawrence K Earle, Francisco José de Goya, Henry Inman, Nicholas Maes, Bernardus Johannes Blommers, R A John Happner, and Frank S Eugene (New York Times, 4/28/1906).

Jefferson's first art collection burned in a fire at his summer home, Crow's Nest, in 1893 in Buzzard Bay, MA. All but three paintings were destroyed in the fire, the surviving paintings were by Mauve, Corot and Daubigny.

Jefferson was twice married: at the age of 21 in 1850, to actress Margaret Clements Lockyer (1832–1861), whose early death left him with four children; and in 1867 to Sarah Warren, niece of William Warren the actor.
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Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La
Joseph Jefferson papers, 1876-1907. see details...
Sandwich Historical Society
Sandwich Glass Museum
Joseph Jefferson collection, 1874-1938. see details...
Jonathan Bourne Historical Center
Bourne Archives
Joseph Jefferson Papers, ca. 1891-1909. see details...
University of Pennsylvania
Rare Book & Manuscript Library Collections
Images of Joseph Jefferson, 1887-1894 & n.d. see details...
Princeton University
Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections
Joseph Jefferson Collection, 1823-1976 (bulk 1829-1905) ©2007 Princeton University Library see details...
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street

William Eustis Russell papers, 1846-1920; bulk: 1888-1896. see details...
The Getty Research Institute
Research Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
M. Knoedler & Co. records, approximately 1848-1971 see details...