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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Nineteenth-century French artists' letters and other papers
    Date (inclusive): 1719-1921
    Collection number: 2000.M.23
    Extent: 90 items
    Repository: Getty Research Institute
    Research Library
    Special Collections and Visual Resources
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
    Abstract: This assembled collection comprises 85 items, mainly letters, notes, and cards written by 30 identified French artists, and 10 of other nationalities, on various subjects related to their professional and private lives.
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    Language: Collection material is in French

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Nineteenth-century French artists' letters and other papers, 1719-1921, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 2000.M.23.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 2000.

    Processing History

    Processed by Onica Busuioceanu.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    A composite collection, assembled by an English dealer. This composite collection comprises 85 items with identified authors, and 10 unidentified. It consists mainly of letters, notes, and cards written by 30 identified French artists, and 10 of other nationalities, on various subjects related to their professional and private lives.
    Among the most significant are 16 letters by Edouard Detaille, revealing details of his private and public activities; some of Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier's letters reflecting his continued fight against his detractors; the comments of Louis Emile Dardoize to his biographer; a letter written by Louis Etienne Waltelet while he was sketching the Echelles de Savoye; and 3 letters of David d'Angers revealing details of his professional life. The correspondence of artists of other nationalities includes the following: Mathilde Ade sends samples of bookplates, with a note on which her photograph is printed; Sigmund Lipinski wants to send bookplate samples, but sends the prices first. Otto Heyden describes his trip across Italy. Paul Tetar van Elven is in Italy, hoping to obtain an important commission. An unidentified Spanish painter describes the artistic life in Madrid and the frustrating behavior of the exhibition juries. The other 9 items in this unidentified group are about various personal matters.
    A French document written on parchment and dated Bayonne, 1719 Nov. 27, is also included in the collection. It is a receipt signed by Guy Renéì de la Chevallerie de la Motte for 116 livres, received as payment for two months of his appointment as “ingeìnieur ordinaire du roy" in the ongoing war.


    The collection is arranged in one series, alphabetically.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Clairin, Georges, 1843-1919--Correspondence
    Clésinger, Jean-Baptiste, 1814-1883--Correspondence
    Cazin, Jean Charles, 1841-1919--Correspondence
    David d'Angers, Pierre-Jean, 1788-1856--Correspondence
    Detaille, Edouard, 1848-1912--Correspondence
    Gérôme, Jean Léon, 1824-1904--Correspondence
    Gudin, Jean-Antoine Theìodore, 1802-1880--Correspondence
    Meissonier, Jean Louis Ernest, 1815-1891--Correspondence

    Subjects - Topics


    Genres and Forms of Material

    Albumen prints
    Book plates


    Ade, Mathilde, 1877-1930
    Berthelon, Eugène, 1829-1914
    Cabanel, Alexandre, 1823-1889
    Calmettes, Fernand, 1846-1914
    Cazin, Jean Charles, 1841-1901
    Clairin, Georges, 1843-1919
    Clésinger, Jean Baptiste, 1814-1883
    Colin, Paul Alfred, 1838-1916
    Dardoize, Emile, 1826-1901
    David d'Angers, Pierre-Jean, 1788-1856
    David, Jules, 1808-1892
    Desnoyers, Auguste Gaspard Louis, baron, 1779-1857
    Detaille, Edouard, 1848-1912
    Dubray, Vital Gabriel, 1813-1892
    Duval-Lecamus, Pierre, 1790-1856
    Gérôme, Jean Leìon, 1824-1904
    Granet, Francois-Marius, 1775-1849.
    Gravillon, Arthur Antoine Alphonse de, 1828-1899
    Gudin, Jean-Antoine Theìodore, 1802-1880
    Guérin, Paulin-Jean-Baptiste, 1783-1855
    Harpignies, Henri, 1819-1916
    Hymans, Henri, 1836-1912
    Lipinsky, Sigmund, 1873-1940
    Lory, Matthias Gabriel,1784-1846
    Marold, Ludek, 1865-1898
    Meissonier, Jean Louis Ernest, 1815-1891
    Miciol, Pierre, 1833-1905
    Monnier, Henry, 1799-1877
    Percier, Charles, 1764-1838
    Rochet, Louis, 1813-1878