Finding Aid for the Lucy B. Mitchell Research Files on James Sanford Ellsworth, 1952-1987 MS.37

Summary Information

Repository
The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives10 East 71st Street
New York, NY, 10021
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Creator
Mitchell, Lucy B., 1901-1988.
Title
Lucy B. Mitchell Research Files on James Sanford Ellsworth
ID
MS.37
Date
1952-1987
Extent
1.3 Linear feet  (3 boxes)
Abstract
Data Sheets on individual portraits, photographs, correspondence, research notes, and printed materials document Lucy B. Mitchell's research on the American folk artist, James Sanford Ellsworth. Mitchell (1901-1988), an art historian and collector of Ellsworth’s paintings, was considered an authority on the artist.

Preferred Citation

Lucy B. Mitchell Research Files on James Sanford Ellsworth. The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives.

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Biographical Note

Lucy B. Mitchell (1901-1988), of Longmeadow, Mass., was an expert on the American folk miniature artist, James Sanford Ellsworth, as well as a collector of his works. Mitchell curated exhibitions on Ellsworth’s miniatures at the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum (Springfield, Mass.) in 1953 and at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection (Williamsburg, Va.) in 1974. She authored works in conjunction with both exhibitions: “James Sanford Ellsworth: American Miniature Painter” for Art in America, Autumn 1953 in a special issue devoted to Ellsworth; and  The Paintings of James Sanford Ellsworth, Itinerant Folk Artist, 1802-1873 in 1974. Her other publications include “Query - Did Ellsworth Cut Miniatures?” for  Art in America, Autumn 1960; and “Collector’s Notes: Some Recent Dividends on the James Sanford Ellsworth Account” for  Clarion, Fall 1981. Mitchell donated 36 Ellsworth paintings to the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum in 1957.

James Sanford Ellsworth (1802-1874), an American folk artist from Connecticut, was best known for his watercolor miniature portraits. Ellsworth traveled throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut and parts of Vermont and New York painting portraits from 1834 to 1855. A contemporary of his, H.W. French, reported that he died in an almshouse in Pittsburgh, Pa. in 1874. Ellsworth’s stylistic trademarks include clouds or aureole surrounding the sitter, who are often pictured in profile, seated on whimsical chairs.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection documents Lucy B. Mitchell’s research on portraits painted by James Sanford Ellsworth. The Research Files span the years 1952-1987, with the bulk of the collection dating from 1952-1954. The collection contains portrait data sheets, typed and handwritten correspondence, handwritten notes by Mitchell, and newspaper and magazine clippings about Ellsworth.

The Research Files were initially compiled for a special issue of Art in America and an exhibition at the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum in 1953. Further research was conducted for an exhibition that Mitchell organized at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection from October 13-December 1, 1974. Mitchell continued to research Ellsworth’s work and to add to the Research Files until 1987.

The files are organized in three series: Series I: Data Sheets, circa 1952-1987; Series II: Correspondence and Notes, 1952-1954; and, Series III: Printed Material, 1953-1981.

The bulk of the collection is formed by Series I: Data Sheets, which contains approximately 315 data sheets documenting each portrait painted by Ellsworth. Each data sheet contains information, when known, about the physical description of the work, probable date and place of creation, provenance of the painting, and the sitter’s genealogy; the majority include a black and white photograph stapled to the corner. The numbering of the data sheets corresponds to the order in which the portraits appeared in the exhibition-related publications, with additional data sheets for portraits found after the publications.

Series II: Correspondence and Notes contains documentation regarding specific portraits painted by Ellsworth, including information on provenance and the sitter’s genealogy, biographical information about Ellsworth, and general research about elements of his paintings. Also of note is correspondence containing updates to Series I: Data Sheets.

Series III: Printed Material includes Mitchell’s publications and clippings re the 1953 Ellsworth exhibition at the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum and Mitchell’s donation of Ellsworth paintings to the Museum.

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Arrangement

The files are organized in three series:

Series I: Data Sheets, circa 1952-1987

Series II: Correspondence and Notes, 1952-1954

Series III: Printed Material, 1953-1981

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

These records are open for research under the conditions of The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives access policy. Contact the Archives Department for further information at archives@frick.org.

Provenance

Gift of Lucy B. Mitchell, 1953. Mitchell continued to send additions to the collection until 1987.

Processing Information

Arranged and described by Lisa Thornell, 2012.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Lucy B. Mitchell correspondence, 1952-1987 in Frick Art Reference Library Central Correspondence. The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives.

James Sanford Ellsworth Artist File, 1920-2000. Frick Art Reference Library.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence.
  • Photographs.
  • Research notes.

Personal Name(s)

  • Ellsworth, James Sanford, ca. 1802-ca. 1874.

Subject(s)

  • Miniature painting, American.
  • Portrait miniatures--19th century.
  • Portrait painters--United States.
  • Portraits, American.
  • Primitivism in art--United States--Exhibitions.
  • Profile portraits, American.
  • United States--Genealogy.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Data Sheets, circa 1952-1987
 

Original order maintained. Portraits on Data Sheets 1-99 were printed in numerical order for Mitchell’s article, "James Sanford Ellsworth: American Miniature Painter," Art in America, Fall 1953. A second set of numbered Data Sheets, with the prefix "A" represents miniatures discovered after 1953, most of which appear in numerical order in the 1974 Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection exhibition catalogue,  The Paintings of James Sanford Ellsworth: Itinerant Folk Artist 1802-1873.

Series contains data sheets for Ellsworth miniatures, oil paintings and copies known. The data sheets may contain fields such as: subject, owner, place painted, date or probable date, size, paper, color, signature, presence of chair and chair style no. , presence of aureole and/or hands, frame information, notes on whether the painting was previously recorded or reproduced, and exhibition history. The majority of the data sheets include black and white photographs of the paintings stapled to front of the sheets. It is noted if the data sheet contains a color image or has no photograph attached. Some data sheets also include a photograph of the reverse of the painting, clippings, or correspondence.

Box Folder Date
1 1

Data Sheets 1-9
 

1. Middle Aged Lady, facing left

2. Mrs. Elvira [Bascom?] Warriner, as a young lady of about 20

3. Jehiel Johnson, age 50, facing left

4. Jerusha Whiting Johnson, age 50, facing right

5. Jehiel Lathrop Johnson, age 24, facing right

6. Charles Augustus Johnson, age 11, facing right

7. Christina Johnson, age 6, facing left

8. Mary Curtiss, about 3, facing right - Includes photograph of the home of Jerome Curtiss, Mary’s father.

9. Mrs. Johnson, grandmother of Mary Curtiss, facing right

1 2

Data Sheets 10-20
 

10. Almira Marks Bushnell, about 42, facing right

11. James Augustus Bushnell, about 21, facing left

12. Rose Ann Bushnell, about 1-2, facing right

13. Richard Oliver Bushnell, about 11, facing left

14. Oliver Wells Bushnell, about 45, facing left

15. Elijah Shaw, about 26, facing right

16. Hannah Cook Shaw, about 24, facing left

17. Young Boy, about 19, facing right

18. Young Girl, about 10, facing left

19. Robert Wilson, about 55, facing right

20. Peggy Patterson Wilson, about 55, facing left

1 3

Data Sheets 21-30
 

21. Middle-aged Lady, facing right

22. Asahel Tower, about 48, facing right - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

23. Mary Palmer Tower, about 43, facing right - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

24. William Herrick, about 60, facing left

25. Louis Avery Herrick, about 56, facing right

26. William Herrick Avery, age 21, facing left

27. Man, about 30, facing right - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

28. Lady, about 25 or older, facing left - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

29. Boy, about 15, facing right - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

30. Girl, about 20, facing left - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

1 4

Data Sheets 31-41
 

31. Man, about 30, of Stiles family of Windsor Conn., facing left - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

32. Woman, about 60, member of the Stiles family - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

33. Lady, about 25, facing right - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

34. Lady, about 30, facing right - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

35. Lady, facing left - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

36. Deacon Beers, middle aged, facing right - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

37. Mrs. Beers, about 50, facing left - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

38. Frederick Morgan, 53, facing left

39. Percy Morgan, age 48, facing right

40. Sarah Mehitable Gorton, about 17, facing left

41. William Henry Harrison Gorton, about 10, facing left

1 5

Data Sheets 42-52
 

42. Cornelia Bushnell [Mrs. Albert J. Post], as a child about 6, facing left - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

43. Elizabeth Bushnell, sister of Cornelia, as a child about 8, facing right - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

44. P. L. Morgan, called "Philo," facing left - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Morgan Family Genealogical Data, 1952-1953 for photograph of sitter.

45. Mary Ann Morgan, age 20, facing left - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Morgan Family Genealogical Data, 1952-1953 for photograph of sitter.

46. Elderly Lady, facing left

47. Elderly Gentleman, facing right

48. Little Girl, about 3, facing right - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

49. Little Boy, about 5, facing left See Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

50. Father, about 45, facing left

51. Mother, about 40, facing right

52. Boy, about 12, facing right

1 6

Data Sheets 53-60
 

53. Middle-aged Gentleman, facing left

54. Middle-aged Lady, facing right

55. Lucinda Wilson Bushnell, 75, facing right

56. Mrs. Ellsworth, quite elderly, facing left

57. Marcia Treat, 19, facing right

58. Ellen H. Treat, 14, facing left

59. Percy Abigail Morgan Tice, age 27, facing left - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Morgan Family Genealogical Data, 1952-1953 for photograph of sitter.

60. William Almon Tice, husband of Abigail, aged 33, facing right

1 7

Data Sheets 61-69
 

61. Frederick “Waldo” Morgan, 24, facing left - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Morgan Family Genealogical Data, 1952-1953 for photograph of sitter.

62. Phidelia Tice Morgan, wife of Waldo, 25, facing right - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Morgan Family Genealogical Data, 1952-1953 for photograph of sitter.

63. Lucy Morgan, aged 16, facing left

64. Electa Morgan, aged 9, facing left

65. William “Milo” Morgan, aged 6, facing left

66. Ebenezer Rudd, about 45, facing right

67. Deborah Baird Rudd, about 46, facing left - Additional page included on genealogy of Ebenezer and Deborah Rudd.

68. Laura Nye, about 6, facing right

69. Boy, about 6, facing right

1 8

Data Sheets 70-80
 

70. Lawrence Taylor, about 37, facing right - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

71. Lawrence Taylor, about 37, facing right

72. Hannah Roberts, wife of Lyman Hine, about 36, facing right

73. Lady of Folts family of Albany, N.Y., facing right - Color image included in lieu of black and white photograph. SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

74. Unidentified Gentleman, about 45, facing left - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

75. His wife, about 45, facing right - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

76. Mr. Clark, about 25, facing left - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

77. Mrs. Clark, about 25, his wife, facing left - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

78. Mrs. Jennie Post, elderly, facing left - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

80. His wife, middle-aged, facing right - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

1 9

Data Sheets 81-90
 

81. Cornelia Wilkinson Cotrell [Mrs. Joshua?], middle-aged, facing right - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

82. Lady, in early thirties, from Amherst, Mass., facing right - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

83. Mrs. Enfield Johnston, facing left - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

84. Shubael Bradford, in early forties, facing left

85. Mrs. Shubael Bradford, in early forties, facing right

86. Lady, about 45, facing right

87. Young Lady, about 20, facing right

88. Mrs. Olive Wilson Fisher, age 3, facing right

89. Mrs. Levi Ford [nee Eliza Bassett], about 15, facing right

90. Man, from Warwick, Mass., middle-aged, facing left

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Data Sheets 91-99
 

91. Tryphena Pomeroy, about 63, facing right

92. Justus Pomeroy, about 45, facing left

93. Small Boy, about 8, facing right - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

94. Small Girl, about 6, facing left - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

95. Federal Brinsmade, about 40, facing left

96. Reliance Brinsmade, about 40, facing right

97. Mr. Marcum, elderly, facing left

98. Mrs. Marcum, facing right

99. Mary Wood Closson, middle-aged, facing right

1 11

Data Sheets 100-109
 

100-104. Five Members of the Winthrop Family - Photograph of six miniatures depicting a mother, father, two daughters, son, and tombstone representing a fourth child who died. Included is a letter to the Director of the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum from Alice Winchester of  Antiques, re the previous identification of the subjects as the Raphael Winfield Harrington family.

105. Unidentified Elderly Lady, facing left - Included is a copy of a note from Mitchell.

106. Unidentified Lady - No photograph attached.

107. [and probably 108.] Lady, facing left - Included is a copy of Mitchell’s note to the Frick Art Reference Library dated April 16, 1962, re duplicate photograph.

108. Middle-aged Lady, facing left - No photograph attached.

109. No title provided. - No photograph attached.

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Data Sheets A1-A10
 

A1. Bela Dyer, about 33, facing left - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

A2. Ruth Ranney Dyer, about 29, facing right - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

A3. Unknown Gentleman, about 25 or 30, facing left

A4. Unknown Lady, about 24 or 30, facing right

A5. Ella Baker, about 6, facing right

A6. Elliot Baker, about 5, facing left

A7. Julia Clark, at 19, facing left - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

A8. William J. Bull, about 50, facing right - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

A9. Albert E. Bull, about 25-30, facing left - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

A10. Elderly Gentleman, facing left

1 13

Data Sheets A11-A20
 

A11. Sanford Pierce, about 20-25, facing right

A12. Elderly Gentleman, facing right - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

A13. Elderly Lady, facing left - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

A14. John Hale, 2nd, 65, facing left - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

A15. Gentleman, middle-aged, facing right - SEE ALSO Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

A16. Middle-aged Lady, facing left See Series II: Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets for additional information.

A17. Unknown Gentleman, about 25 or 30, facing left

A18. Unknown Lady, age 25-30, facing left

A19. Martha Eliza Kellogg, as little girl about 3-5, facing right

A20. Mrs. S.B. Webb [?], facing right - Includes additional photographs of painting in a different frame, exposed back of painting, and hidden back of painting.

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Data Sheets A21-A28
 

A21. Grandfather Bascom, middle-aged, facing left

A22. Grandmother Bascom, middle-aged, facing right

A23. Alfred Beach, an elderly gentleman, facing left

A24. Philip Preston Potter, about 35, of Willington, Conn., facing right

A25. Bethia[h] Walker Potter, about 35, of Willington, Conn., facing left

A26. Jennie S. Morse, as a child of 11 or 12, facing left - No photograph attached to Data Sheet. Includes clipping from  The Spinning Wheel, November 1958, which depicts an image of  Sarah Jane [Morse] Walker and hollow-cut silhouettes of  Sara Ann Morse and husband,  Amasa Morse, attributed to Ellsworth.

A27. Little Boy, 6 or 7, in full figure, facing front against painted landscape

A28. Little Girl, 4 or 5, companion to A27

2 1

Data Sheets A29-A38
 

A29. Unknown Gentleman, facing right

A30. Mrs. Fannie E. Mott , facing right

A31. Mrs. Olive Mott Prentis, as a child, facing front

A32. Miss Francis E. Mott, as a child, facing front

A33. Barnabas Bidwell, seated, facing right

A34. Betsey Curtiss Bidwell, seated, facing left

A35. Adonjah Bidwell, seated, facing left - Includes a newspaper clipping from  The Berkshire Courier dated April 26, 1956, in which Mitchell asks for information regarding miniatures done by Ellsworth that may be “undiscovered in this territory.”

A36. Wareham Kingsley, about 65, facing left

A37. Mrs. Olive Jane Avery Kingsley, about 58, facing right

A38. Olive Jane Kingsley, facing right

2 2

Data Sheets A39-A45
 

A39. Gentleman, about 35-40, almost facing front

A40. Little Girl, about 6-8, facing right

A41. Little Girl, about 3 or 4, facing left

A42. Norman Day, 24, facing left

A43. Mrs. Norman Day, age 27, facing right

A44. Norman Day, 24 facing right

A45. Mrs. Norman Day, 27, facing left - Includes separate Data Sheet of Genealogical Data for A42, A43, A44, and A45.

2 3

Data Sheets A46-A55
 

A46. Jehiel Lathrop Johnson, age 24, of Borzah, Conn., facing left - Includes separate Data Sheet of Genealogical Data.

A47. Josiah Rood, about 22-25, facing right

A48. Rosins Beals Rood, about 20, facing left

A49. Young Man, facing left

A50. John Allis, about 40-45, facing right

A51. Hannnah Hall Allis, 40-45, facing left

A52. John L. Bartholf, about 80, facing left

A53. Susannah Storm Bartholf, about 71, facing right

A54. Anne Carter, wife of Elisha Marshall, about 70, facing right

A55. Lewis B. Tucker, 12 years old

2 4

Data Sheets A56-A65
 

A56. Red-haired Lady, facing left

A57. Lady in Mauve Dress, facing right

A58. Lady in Blue-Black Dress, facing right

A59. Young Gentleman, in his twenties or early thirties, facing left - Member of the Dobbs-Swayne family.

A60. Ezra Williams Miller, 1789-1859, facing right

A61. Sarah Ann Terry Miller, 1793-1860, facing left

A62. Grandma Stewart, appears middle-aged, facing right

A63. Fannie, a child of four, facing left

A64. Simon Bottum of S. Shaftesbury, Vt., facing right

A65. Mrs. Simon Bottum (Margaret Douglas) of S. Shaftesbury, Vt., facing left

2 5

Data Sheets A66-A75
 

A66. Lockie P. Gorton, 7 years old, facing left

A67. Elderly Lady, facing left - Includes a photograph of reverse which appears to be a fragment of the conclusion of a letter written and signed by Ellsworth.

A68. Gentleman, facing right

A69. Lady, facing left

A70. Young man, about 20, facing left

A71. Dwight, about 9 or 10, facing right

A72. Dwight’s sister, about 8, facing right

A73. Dwight’s younger sister, about 5, facing left

A74. Captain Seth Whiting of Bozrah, Conn., facing left

A75. Emily Lathrop Rogers [Post] Whiting, about 40-45, facing right

2 6

Data Sheets A76-A85
 

A76. Unknown Young Man, facing right

A77. Man, about 60, facing left

A78. Lady, about 60, facing right

A79. Lady, about 35-40 years old, facing left

A80. Avery Bill, about 60, facing left

A81. Betsey Barnes Bill, about 60, facing right

A82. Lady, about 25, facing right

A83. Gentleman, about 35-40, facing right

A84. Mr. C.T. Gunn, about 50-55, facing left - Includes color clipping of portrait from  Art in America, Nov.-Dec., 1966.

A85. Mrs. C.T. Gunn, about 45-50, facing right - Includes color clipping of portrait from  Art in America, Nov.-Dec., 1966.

2 7

Data Sheets A86-A95
 

A86. Gentleman of the Moss Family of Springfield, about 45 or 50, facing left (with A87 and A88)

A87. Lady, about 30, facing left (with A86 and A88)

A88. Young Man, about 20, also facing left (with A86 and 87)

A89. William Dickinson, about 50-55, facing left

A90. Elizabeth Worthingon Dickinson, about 50-55, facing right

A91. Mr. Chapman, facing left

A92. Mrs. Chapman, facing right

A93. Mr. Webster, facing right

A94. Mrs. Webster, facing left

A95. Little Girl, about 10, facing left

2 8

Data Sheets A96-A104
 

A96. Elderly Mrs. John Davison, facing right

A97. Percival Davison, facing left

A98. Hannah Fowler Davison, facing right

A99. Edmund Davison, facing right

A100. Calista Howard, facing left

A101. [Samuel] Gager, about 35-40, facing left

A102. Mrs. Gager of Bozrah, Conn., facing right

A103. Norman Miner, father of the family A103-A108, age 44, facing right

A104. Cynthia Crane Miner, facing left

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Data Sheets A105-A115
 

A105. Celia A. Miner, age 20, facing right

A106. Roland Sydney Miner, age 17, facing left

A107. Isadore Miner [Smith], age 10, facing right

A108. Jackson Miner, age 7, facing left

A109. Mr. Dudley, about 35, of North Leverett, Mass., facing left

A110. Mrs. Dudley, about 35, of North Leverett, Mass., facing left

A111. Vesta Dudley, about 6-8, of North Leverett, Mass., facing left

A112. Edwin Stillman Perkins, facing right

A113. Sophia Summer Perkins, facing left

A114. William Summer Perkins, facing right

A115. Miranda Annette Perkins, facing left

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Data Sheets A116-A125
 

A116. Gentleman, about 44-55, facing left

A117. Believed to be David [or Johnathan] Pomeroy of Southampton, Mass., about 50, facing left

A118. Believed to be Mary Ann [Spaulding] Pomeroy, about 40, facing right

A119. Mary Pomeroy, about 10, facing left

A120. Leora Caroline Pomeroy, about 5, facing right

A121. Helen Pomeroy, about 2-2½, facing right - Includes separate sheet with notes on the Pomeroy miniatures.

A122. Elisha Atkins, about 52, facing left

A123. Temperance Claghorn Atkins, about 49, facing right

A124. Martha Elmina Atkins Carpenter, about 24, facing left

A125. Henry Austin Atkins [?], about 23, facing right

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Data Sheets A126-A134
 

A126. Edwin Augustin Atkins, at 15, facing left

A127. Member of the Atkins family, either Henry or Harrison Carpenter, facing left

A128. Gentleman, about 20-25, facing right

A129. Hannah Moore, about 20, facing left

A130. Young Lady, thought to be a Niver [of Niverville, N.Y.?], facing left

A131. Martha Elmina Atkins, about 24, facing left [this is a near duplicate of A124]

A132. Red-haired Gentleman, about 40, facing left

A133. Lady, about 35, facing right

A134. Young Girl, maybe 6-8, facing left

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Data Sheets A135-A142
 

A135. Gentleman, about 40, facing right

A136. Woman, about 30-35, facing right

A137. Lady, about 40, facing right

A138. Gentleman, about 35-40, facing left

A139. Lady, about 35, facing right

A140. Young Man, about 12, facing left

A141. Young Girl, about 16, facing right

A142. Child, about 8 or 9, facing right

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Data Sheets A143-A152
 

A143. David Pomeroy, facing left

A144. Mrs. David Pomeroy, facing left

A145. Ruth Perkins Pomeroy, aged 10, facing left

A146. Jonathan Edwards Pomeroy, aged 5, facing left

A147. Grandma Pomeroy [?], facing left

A148. Gentleman, facing left

A149. Mr. Samuel G. Parker, facing right

A150. Fannie E. Herrick Parker, facing left

A151. Lady, about 40, facing left

A152. Elderly Lady, facing left

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Data Sheets A153-A163
 

A153. Mary Elizabeth Tracy, about 6, facing right

A154. Young Man, about 20, facing left

A155. Young Lady, about 20, facing left

A156. Young Lady, about 20-22, facing left

A157. Dr. Lucius Marcellus Wheeler

A158. Elizabeth Vannenberg [?] Jones [?], about 13-16, facing left

A159. Young Lady, about 20, facing left

A160. Gentleman, perhaps in his thirties, facing left

A161. Gentleman of the Pomeroy of Field Family, about 35, facing left

A162. Lady, about 30-35, facing right

A163. Lady, appears to be in middle twenties, facing left

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Data Sheets A164-A174
 

A164. Gentleman, about 30, facing right

A165. Gentleman of the Bridgman Family, probably Theodore Bridgman, facing right

A166. Lady of the Bridgman Family, probably Mary Judd Bridgman, facing left

A167. Unknown Gentleman in family of 3, appears to be in early thirties, facing left

A168. Unknown Lady in family of 3, appear to be in her thirties, facing left

A169. Unidentified Child, about 6 or 7, facing left

A170. Gentleman, perhaps of the Buell Family, facing right

A171. Lady, perhaps of the Buell Family, facing right

A172. Younger Lady, facing left

A173. Boy, about 5, facing right

A174. Girl, about 8, facing left

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Data Sheets A175-A184
 

A175. Mr. Crawford of Guilford, Conn. - No photograph attached.

A176. Mrs. Crawford of Guilford, Conn. - No photograph attached.

A177. Gentleman of the Canfield Family, facing right

A178. Lady of the Canfield family, facing left

A179. Young Lady, about 18, facing right

A180. Young Lady, about 20, facing right

A181. Elderly Man, facing right

A182. Elderly Lady, facing right

A183. Boy, about 6 or 7, facing left

A184. Girl, about 7 or 8, facing right

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Data Sheets A186-A194
 

Note included explaining missing Data Sheet A185, Middle-aged Lady - SEE ALSO the James Sanford Ellsworth Artist File - Frick Art Reference Library for the photograph and description.

A186. Young Man, Wm. H. Tanner, facing right

A187. Joel Clark Jr., facing left

A188. Suzannah Babcock Clark, facing right

A189. Louisa Augusta Clark, facing left

A190. Isabell Watkins Lamphear, about 10-15, facing left

A191. Young Man, facing left

A192. Little Girl [or boy?], about 5, facing front

A193. Gentleman, facing right, framed with lady - Includes color photograph and black and white clipping from  Newtown Bee Antique-The Art Weekly, February 27, 1987. Another separate image of the pair included in the folder.

A194. Lady, facing left, framed with gentleman

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Data Sheets - Oil Paintings
 

Additional oil paintings were produced by Ellsworth and listed in Art in America, Fall 1953, and mentioned by Mitchell in the 1974 Abby Aldrich Rockefeller exhibition catalogue, but not included in the Research Files. See the James Sanford Ellsworth Artist File - Frick Art Reference Library for Oil Painting 7,  George Washington, and Oil Painting 12,  Portrait of a Young Lady or Lady in a Brown Dress.

Oil Painting 2. Mrs. Cable

Oil Painting 5. William Henry Harrison? - Includes photostat of newspaper article from 1936 about the portrait of William Henry Harrison and Mrs. Harrison with photograph of the portraits.

Oil Painting 6. Mrs. William Henry Harrison? - Includes two other images by other artists of the subject.

Oil Painting 9. Unknown Gentleman

Oil Painting 10. Unknown Lady

Oil Painting 11. Unknown Lady, seated in a "Boston rocker," facing slightly to the right

Oil Painting 12. Portrait of a Young Lady or  Lady in a Brown Dress - Description only, no photograph. SEE ALSO the James Sanford Ellsworth Artist File - Frick Art Reference Library for the photograph and description.

Oil Painting 13. Unidentified Lady

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Data Sheets - Copies Z1-4
 

These examples were not presented in the 1974 catalogue for the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection exhibition.

Z1. Copy of #66, Ebenezer Rudd

Z2. Copy of #67, Deborah Baird Rudd

Z3. Middle-aged Lady, facing right

Z4. Copy of #73, Lady of the Folts Family of Albany - No photograph attached.

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Series II: Correspondence and Notes, 1952-1954
 

Arranged chronologically unless noted otherwise below. Notes are filed after correspondence at the end of the folder. Series contains Mitchell’s correspondence with museums, dealers, and owners of Ellsworth paintings regarding specific paintings or lost paintings, biographical information about Ellsworth, genealogical information about sitters, and general research. General research topics include ladies’ caps and chair styles as depicted in Ellsworth’s portraits. The first folder in the series contains supplemental information to Series I: Data Sheets.

Box Folder Date
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Correspondence and Notes - Supplements to Data Sheets
 

Arranged in number order of the Data Sheets. Includes correspondence re Data Sheets numbers : 17, 18, 22, 23, 27-37, 42, 43, 48, 49, 70, 73-83 ,93, 94, A1, A2, A7, A8, A9 and A12- A16.

Correspondents include: Mrs. Hubbel Allen, Clinton deR. Coules, Robert J. Flanagan, Edgar W. Garbisch, Edna P. Hirons, Herbert H. Hosmer, George H. Huntington, Jr. , Miriam McCreem, McKearins Antiques, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mrs. Milton Bartholomew, New Milford Historical Society, New York State Historical Association, Parke-Bernet Galleries Inc., and Alice Best Rogers. Also includes a typed ���Supplementary Check List of Miniatures” for Data Sheets A1-A26.

1952-1954
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Correspondence and Notes - General Research
 

Re caps worn by ladies in Ellsworth paintings, paper type, and bibliography. File also includes a photostat of drawings of Ellsworth chair styles, which are numbered 1-6, and notes written by Mitchell re dates of miniatures and Ellsworth handwriting.

Correspondents include: Dard Hunter Paper Museum of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Library of the Boston Athenaeum, Malabar Ltd. Theatrical Costumer, Helen D. Perkins, and the Pilgrim Society.

1952-1953
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Correspondence and Notes - James Sanford Ellsworth Biographical Data
 

Arranged alphabetically. Folder includes photostat from the New York State Library of a letter written by Ellsworth on August 28, 1861 to Governor Edwin D. Morgan, and typed notes on Ellsworth.

Correspondents include: Connecticut State Library, Free Library of Philadelphia, Dr. Albert A. Siebert, and State of Delaware Public Archives Commission.

1952-1954
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Correspondence and Notes - Josiah Brown King Biographical Data
 

In 1932, art student Julia D. Snow suggested that King could have painted several portraits that were attributed to Ellsworth. Mitchell did not support this idea and rebuked it in an article in Art in America, Autumn 1953. The folder contains correspondence re biographical information on King.

Correspondents include Art in America, Julia Brown Carpenter (daughter of Josiah B. King), Lamson & Goodnow Mfg. Co., and Juliette Tomlinson of the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum.

1953
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Correspondence and Notes - Bushnell Family Genealogical Data
 

Includes typed notes listing Bushnell ancestors and the East and West Hartland, Connecticut Church Records. Correspondents include Jennie B. Minard and Ella M. Lewis.

1952-1953
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Correspondence and Notes - Morgan Family Genealogical Data
 

Includes handwritten notes by Mitchell, a typed genealogical chart of the Tice and Morgan families, and a photograph of the Morgan family taken in 1886 depicting the sitters on data sheets 44, 45, 59, 61 and 62. Correspondents include P.W. Morgan and W. Leonard Tice.

1952-1953
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Correspondence and Notes - Re “Lost” Ellsworth Portraits
 

Correspondents include: Buffalo Historical Society, City Art Museum of St. Louis, Frick Art Reference Library, Fruitlands and the Wayside Museums, Inc., Sidney W. Gindin, Library of Congress, William C. Loring, Missouri Historical Society, Lucy. B. Mitchell, New London County Historical Society, New York Historical Association, Phillips Academy, Dr. J. Hall Pleasants, Mary H. Rhoades, Julia M. Sherman, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Yale University Art Gallery.

1952-1954

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Series III: Printed Material, 1953-1981
 

Arranged chronologically. Contains newspaper clippings and articles about exhibitions of Ellsworth’s works and Mitchell’s donation of Ellsworth paintings to the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum. Also includes a copy of Art in America, Autumn 1953, with Mitchell’s cover story on Ellsworth, and a newsletter from the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum featuring an article written by Mitchell about new Ellsworth discoveries.

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Printed Material - Re Connecticut Valley Historical Museum Ellsworth Exhibition
 

Re Ellsworth miniature exhibition at the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum which took place from October 9 - November 3, 1953, organized by Mitchell. Includes invitation to the exhibition and newspaper and magazine clippings.

1953
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Printed Material - Re Mitchell’s Donation of Ellsworth Paintings
 

Clippings re Mitchell’s gift of 36 Ellsworth miniatures to the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum in January 1957.

1957
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Printed Material - Publications
 

Printed notice by Juliette Tomlinson, Director of the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, sent to museum members with a copy of Art in America, Autumn 1953.

Art in America, Autumn 1953, featuring Mitchell's cover story, “James Sanford Ellsworth: American Miniature Painter.”

William’s scrapbook of the William Pynchon Memorial Building , Winter 1953, sponsored by the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum. Contains a brief announcement re the discovery of nine unrecorded Ellsworth portraits by Mitchell and features information and a photograph of a portrait of Julia Clark. The reverse of the article is a photograph of Mitchell at the opening of the Ellsworth exhibition on October 9, 1953.

1953

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