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Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882

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dates 1801-1882
city Vallombrosa
other citiesWoodstock, VT; Andover, MA; Hanover, NH; Burlington, VT; Washington, DC; Turkey;
countryItaly
gender M
historical notes George Perkins Marsh was an art collector, lawyer, congressman diplomat and conservationist who was appointed minister of both Turkey (1949-54) and Italy (1860-82).

Though his collection included sculpture and painting, Marsh primarily collected prints, etching and engravings. His collection included work by Titian, Guido, Reynolds, Rubens, Hiram Powers, G.P.A. Healy, Thomas Crawford, Eastman Johnson, and Charles Lanman.

The Smithsonian Institution purchased his art collection in 1849. After 1865 portions of it were deposited in the Library of Congress and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

In the late 1880s, the Smithsonian retrieved many of the prints, and the collection is now held jointly by the National Museum of American History and the Library of Congress.

Marsh was married twice. In 1828 he married his first wife, Harriet Buell (d. 1933); and in 1839, Marsh married Caroline Crane of Berkley, Massachusetts.

Notes:
Thank you to Helena E. Wright, Curator of Graphic Arts at the National Museum of American History Smithsonian Institution, who provided us with updated information on the whereabouts of Marsh's art collection.

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1840-1850
1850-1860
websitehttp://marshcollection.si.edu
updated 09/12/2019 15:31:05
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Archives of American Art
Victor Building, Suite 2200
Miner Kilbourne Kellogg papers, 1842-1882. see details...
Dartmouth College
Rauner Special Collections Library
George Perkins Marsh Papers, 1835-1870 see details...
University of Vermont Library
Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library
George Perkins Marsh Papers, 1812-1929 see details...
New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Rm 328
Crane family papers, 1819-1944, bulk (1860-1900). see details...
University of Pennsylvania
Rare Book & Manuscript Library Collections
Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1868-1869. see details...
Duke University library
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
Miscellaneous Papers, 1825-1856. see details...
Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
George Perkins Marsh correspondence, 1851. see details...
The University of Iowa
Special Collections Department
Letter to Warren Stoddard. Florence, Italy. 1870 Apr. 3. see details...
University of Chicago, Library
Special Collections Research Center
Document attesting to Isabella Graham's study and work in sculpture:Manuscript, 1875 June 16. see details...
University of Chicago, Library
Special Collections Research Center
Letter : Burlington, [Vt.], to Joseph H. Barrett, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1860 Oct 30. see details...
Vermont Historical Society & Library
Vermont History Center
Franklin County, Vermont collection, 1797-1861. see details...
American Philosophical Society
Library
Isaac Hays papers, ca. 1820s-1879. see details...
Archives of American Art
Victor Building, Suite 2200
Hiram Powers papers, 1819-1953, bulk 1835-1883. see details...
University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library
Letter: Washington, D.C., to Mr. Charles Lanman : ALS, 1846 February 16. see details...
Pennsylvania State University
Rare Books and Manuscripts, University Libraries
G.P. Marsh letter to Mrs. Gould, 1868 Aug. 3. see details...
Ohio Historical Society
Archives and Library
Letter, 1844 Jan. 22. see details...
University of Iowa Library
Letter to Warren Stoddard. Florence, Italy. 1870 Apr. 3. see details...
Pierpont Morgan Library Archives
225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street
Autograph letter signed: Burlington, to Henry Wheaton, 1847 July 14. see details...
University of Pennsylvania
Rare Book & Manuscript Library Collections
Henry Charles Lea Papers, ca. 1830-1935. see details...