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INCLUDING MANY LETTERS FROM ART COLLECTOR THOMAS B. CLARKE (ART HISTORY.) Archive of letters to art historian Charles Henry Hart. Approximately 300 manuscript letters, many still in their original envelopes, in 2 boxes. Condition is generally excellent. Vp, mostly 1907-1924
Charles Henry Hart (1847-1918) was a prominent New York-based art historian, specializing in the authentication of early American portraits. This important archive of his professional and family papers breaks down into these categories: Approximately 200 letters to Hart from Thomas Benedict Clarke of New York City, 1907-1917. Clarke (1848-1931) was one of the most prominent art collectors of his day, and these letters are filled with details of Clarke's research. A scathing letter to Hart from his late wife's sister Marian S. Daniels, 1913: "As you have stopped supporting your child, how should I know or understand that you would like to know of his welfare (with which you have had nothing to do) . . . If this does not satisfy you, go to court." A series of 51 brief but charming letters from this young son to Hart, 1915-1918, with one letter from Hart to his son, . 6 letters from Hart to Anita Beatriz Arabe (b.1892), 1916-1918. She became Hart's third wife in 1916. 15 personal and legal letters to the widowed Anita Hart, 1921-1924. Autograph receipt signed by Philadelphia silversmith Harvey Lewis, 1827. Other papers, 1918-1924 and undated.
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