METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
[Archive of correspondence to American artist John W. Mansfield concerning an 1883 exhibition of copies of Old Masters, with a manuscript catalogue of the exhibition by Mansfield and with a small group of ephemera relating to the artist including a series of letters by him written while studying art in Paris]
Mostly New York and France: 1871-1887. Includes 11 autograph letters signed by Luigi Palma di Cesnola, an autograph letter signed by William Henry Goodyear, an autograph letter signed by Otto W. Rimpler, a 22pp. manuscript catalogue of the exhibition by Mansfield (mildew staining). [With:] A group of letters and ephemera relating to Mansfield's time studying art in Paris, including certificates and receipts from Atelier Bonnat, menus and a shiplist from his journey, a printed price list of paints and pastels being sold by Maison G. Edouard, and approx. 10 autograph letters signed by Mansfield to Mr. & Mrs. Quincy written from Europe, including a 38-page letter with sketches.
Important archive relating to American artist John Mansfield, including a manuscript catalogue of an early Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition.
The letters from Cesnola imply that Mansfield approached the museum with the idea for an exhibition of copies of Old Masters, which was enthusiastically received. His manuscript catalogue details the artists, titles and their owners, including canvasses after Correggio, Raphael, Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian, Van Dyck and more. Among the artists were J. Pope, Arthur Beckwith, William M. Chase, C. Y. Turner, A. B. Copeland and more. Although the letters suggest that the catalogue was printed, we find no record of an extant example.