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Archives related to: Blum, Robert Frederick, 1857-1903

titleRobert Blum letters to Alexander Drake, 1879-1890.
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleEight letters from Robert Frederick Blum to Alexander Drake concerning Blum's travels in Venice, Madrid, Tokyo, and Alexandria, Virginia.

Blum describes his surroundings and briefly mentions his art work, such as in a letter introducing "Mr. Hodges, a gentleman from St. Louis" for whom he plans to illustrate an article on Venetian life. Some of the letters have small illustrations.

Bio / His Notes:
Blum was a painter, illustrator, and muralist in New York City. He worked for SCRIBNER'S in 1879, and in 1890 he traveled to Japan. Alexander Drake was a wood engraver, art editor, and patron in New York City. From 1881-1912, he was director of the Art Department and art editor of CENTURY magazine.

Additional forms:
35mm microfilm reel 3582 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Reproduction:
Three letters are photocopies.

Location of Original: Originals in the possession of Paul Hart 7 Dunanderry Drive, Paxton, Massachusetts 01612

Restrictions: Patrons must use microfilm copy.

extent8 items.
formatsMicrofilm Correspondence
accessPatrons must use microfilm copy.
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
acquisition informationDonated by Dr. Paul Hart, who had purchased them from Lewis A. Shepard. Shephard had purchased the letters from Drake's granddaughter, Hilah (?) Wheeler Remaily (?). Location of Original: Originals in the possession of Paul Hart.
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title[Robert Frederick Blum exhibition] [graphic]
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleTwo photographs of an exhibition of Blum's work, possibly at the Cincinnati Musuem of Art, ca. 1904-1905.

Bio / His Notes:
Painter, illustrator, and muralist; New York, N.Y. Worked for Scribner's in 1879. In 1890 he traveled to Japan.

Additional forms:
35mm microfilm reel 4233 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions: Patrons must use microfilm copy

extent2 photographic prints
formatsPhotographs Microfilm
accessPatrons must use microfilm copy
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
acquisition informationDeaccessioned 1989 by Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
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titleRobert Blum illustrated letters, [between 1875 and 1900?].
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleThree letters, all illustrated: one to Minnie; another to Virginia, apparently Minnie's sister; and an unaddressed letter, probably to Virginia, from Venice. Blum writes of various personal matters, and refers twice to "Chase," saying "He must be quite unbearable since Whistler painted his portrait.

Bio / His Notes:
Painter, illustrator, muralist; New York, N.Y.

Additional forms:
35mm microfilm reel D8 (frames 340-348) available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

extent3 items
formatsMicrofilm Correspondence
accessPatrons must use microfilm copy.
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
acquisition informationProvenance unknown.
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titleChapellier Galleries collection of artists' papers, 1816-1972.
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleScrapbook of Irving Wiles containing many original letters and sketches glued in place; sketchbook of Robert Henri with loose sketches and one notebook containing some original sketches, also photocopies of sketches already removed, names of pupils, dates and amounts paid; letters, many illustrated, to William Merritt Chase from Robert Blum; a sketchbook of John F. Kensett; a copy of a book, RIP VAN WINKLE, illustrated by Everett Shinn.

Bio / His Notes:
Galleries founded in 1916 in Brussels and London; in 1923 in New York City. Active as of 1983. Chapellier Galleries collected primarily important American paintings 1840-1940, and represented virtually all significant American painters of the period in their collections. The Chapellier Galleries sometimes acted as sole agents for the works in artists' estates; the Robert Henri estate, a notable example.

Cite as:
Chapellier Galleries collection of artists' papers. Owned by Chapellier Galleries. Microfilmed by the Archives of American Art.

Additional forms:
35mm microfilm reel N68-101 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.


extent300 items (on 1 microfilm reel)
formatsScrapbooks Sketches Correspondence Financial Records Notes
accessPatrons must use microfilm copy.
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
acquisition informationLent for microfilming 1968 by the Chapellier Galleries. Some of the sketches from the Henri notebook are photocopies.
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titleOtto Bacher papers, 1873-1938.
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleNotebooks, correspondence, photographs, art works, printed materials, and miscellany.

REEL 1654: A notebook listing prices of printmaking supplies; 3 illustrated notebooks; a passport, 1878; letters to Bacher and his wife Mary from Robert Blum concerning his travels to Japan, from John M. Carrier and Gari Melchers; condolence letters to Mary; photographs of Bacher; a photograph album of an artists' party, including Bacher, John White Alexander, James Carroll Beckwith, Edwin Blashfield, Robert Blum, William Merritt Chase, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, John LaFarge, Will Hicok Low, Frances Millet, John Singer Sargent, Jules Turcas, John Twatchmann, and J. Alden Weir; and photographs of tableaux at the American Art Club, Munich, 1878-1897, the Bronxville studio, and works of art; exhibition announcements and catalogs; clippings; reproductions; a Frank Duveneck exhibition catalogue, 1938; and miscellany.

REEL 1654, frames 327-371: Six drawings and 28 etchings including scenes of Venice and landscapes; two drawings "Caricatures of Some of the Venetian Group of 1886" by Robert Blum; an etching of Venice by Theodore M. Wendel; snapshots and a few photographs, including one of the interior of the Hotel Gramatan.

REEL 2786: An undated letter to Bacher from Robert Blum, discussing his mental and physical condition and thanking Bacher for his kindness.

REEL 3967: Three letters to the Bachers from their nephew, Lewis Archibald Blum; a photo of Bacher, 1887; a circular "Panama-Pacific International Exposition of San Francisco," 1915; and a pamphlet from the Metropolitan Museum, "Publications on Sale," 1938.

Bio / His Notes:
Impressionist painter and etcher; Chicago, Illinois. Studied with Frank Duveneck in Cincinnati and Boulanger in Paris.

Additional forms:
35mm microfilm reels 1654, 2786, and 3967 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.


extent0.5 linear ft. (343 items on 3 reels of microfilm).
formatsMicrofilm Notebooks Correspondence Photographs Printed Materials
accessPatrons must use microfilm copy.
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
acquisition informationPapers originally lent for filming 1979 by Mr. and Mrs. Will Bacher, Bacher's son and son's wife. Will Bacher's grandchildren subsequently donated most of this material in 1985 and six other items. Art work and a few photographs previously lent were not donated with other materials in 1985. Location of Original: Art work and some photographs, reel 1654, frames 327-371 & 417: originals returned to the lenders, Mr. and Mrs. Will Bacher after microfilming.
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titleFlora de Stephano papers concerning Robert Frederick Blum, 1889-1932.
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleLetters, photographs and clippings about Blum collected by De Stephano. Correspondence includes 2 letters from Robert Blum (1889, 1900), a letter to Blum from De Stephano (1893), several cables and a letter about Blum's death (1903), letters and 2 legal documents relating to de Stephano's claims against Blum's estate (1903-1932), and letters pertaining to De Stephano's loan of works by Blum to the Carnegie Institute exhibition (1923).

Photographs show Blum; groups including Blum, De Stephano, Otto Bacher, William Merritt Chase, John Twachtman, and J. Alden Weir; and paintings by Blum (1889-1911). Printed material consists of a Carnegie Institute exhibition catalog (1923) and 20 clippings (1901-1932).

Bio / His Notes:
After Robert Blum's death, Flora de Stephano claimed to be his widow. She eventually received a small sum of money, some personal possessions, and three paintings by Blum from his executors.
extent0.2 linear ft. (on a partial microfilm reel)
formatsMicrofilm Correspondence Photographs Estate Papers
accessPatrons must use microfilm copy.
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
acquisition informationThe papers were given to the donor, Alan Pensler, by Webster de Stephano Smith, a descendant of Flora de Stephano. Reproduction: Exhibition catalog is a photocopy.
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titlePlayers Club letters, 1848-1941.
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleLetters, mostly from distinguished club members in behalf of candidates for membership, and some membership forms.

Correspondents are: James C. Beckwith, Norman Bel Geddes, Karl Bitter, Robert Blum, Gutzon Borglum, Arnold W. Brunner, Clarence C. Buel, Gelett Burgess, Charles C. Coleman, Royal Cortissoz, Lawrence Hutton, Richard Mansfield, Thomas Nast, Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle, F. Hopkinson, J. Alden Weir, and Stanford White.

Bio / His Notes:
New York City. Founded by Edwin Booth in 1888, the club had among its members many prominent actors, artists and writers.

extentca. 50 items (on partial microfilm reel)
formatsMicrofilm Correspondence
accessPatrons must use microfilm copy.
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
acquisition informationMicrofilmed 1956 by the Archives of American Art with other art-related papers in the Manuscript Division of the New York Public Library. Included in the microfilming project were selected papers of the Art Division and the Prints Division. Location of Original: Originals in the New York Public Library, Manuscript Division.
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titleRobert F. Blum and family. [graphic]
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titlePortrait of Blum with group, possibly his family. Identification on verso (handwritten): Blum, Robert F; 1857-1903; family?

Contained in:
Charles Scribner's Sons Art Reference Dept. records, [ca. 1865-1957].

Produced:
ca. 1875



extent1 photographic print
formatsPhotographs Electronic Resource
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record linkhttp://sirismm.si.edu/aaa/newPOA/aaa_charscrs_4221.jpg
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
acquisition informationContained in: Charles Scribner's Sons Art Reference Dept. records, [ca. 1865-1957].
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titleRobert F. Blum [graphic]
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleBlum reading a book while seated at a desk. Identification on verso (handwritten): Blum, Robert F.

Contained in:
Charles Scribner's Sons Art Reference Dept. records, [ca. 1865-1957].
extent1 photographic print
formatsPhotographs Electronic Resource
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record linkhttp://sirismm.si.edu/aaa/newPOA/aaa_charscrs_4219.jpg
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
acquisition informationContained in: Charles Scribner's Sons Art Reference Dept. records, [ca. 1865-1957].
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