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Guide to the Daniel Huntington Study Portrait Photographs Collection
ca. 1870-1890
 PR 256

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400


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Collection processed by Processed by Jenny Gotwals and Sandra Markham

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on December 13, 2011
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

 
Title: Daniel Huntington Study Portrait Collection
Dates: ca. 1870-1890
Abstract: The collection holds 141 portrait photographs used by Huntington for his study of the subjects painted by him.
Quantity: 0.42 Linear feet (141 photographs, 12 folders)
Location note: Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections
Call Phrase: PR 256

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Biographical Note

Daniel Huntington (1814-1906) was educated at Hamilton College. He studied panting with Samuel Morse and Henry Inman in New York City. He primarily painted portraits and landscapes. Huntington was president of the National Academy of Design, and Vice-President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Scope and Content Note

Two years after Daniel Huntington's death, his son Charles Richards Huntington (1847-1915) presented the New-York Historical Society with a collection of 141 portrait photographs used by his father "for his study of the subjects painted by him." Each of the men (and the single woman, Mary McCrea Stuart) in the collection is represented by one or more portrait photographs which had been blown-up to life-size dimensions, sometimes made from a previously existing negative or one made of an earlier photograph. In the case of sitters who died before the advent of paper photography, images were taken from daguerreotypes. The enlargements were mounted on a stiff paperboard and roughly trimmed almost to the shape of the subject's head. Each of the portraits has the sitter's surname in pencil on the verso; some have a shorthand clue to an occupation, profession, title, or institutional affiliation. These annotations, if contemporary to Huntington or his son, have been transcribed in the box and folder list that follows. Many of the photographs have a puncture at their top, most likely from the nail Huntington used to tack them up in view of his easel.

The sitters are familiar to students of nineteenth-century New York: they include prominent bankers, merchants, industrialists, educators, financiers, generals, lawyers, judges, politicians, government officials, and men of the cloth. The photographs are generally not dated. Several note that they were made from daguerreotypes and a few mention particular photographers, or are mounted on the backs of printed boards from photographers' studios. The images that are dated range from the 1870s (Henry Potter) to the 1890s (Kelly, Gracie, Schurz, and Sheldon). Photographers mentioned are Bogardus (Adams, Arthur) and Sarony (Tilden), with one annotated by Huntington as having been taken in his studio (Sherman). Eight of the portraits are mounted on the verso of stamped boards from the Rockwood Studio (Brown, Gracie, Johnston, Henry Potter, Taft, and Weir) or Kurtz (Dodge Sr. and Hostetter) in New York. In addition, the portrait of Henry Codman Potter is mounted on the verso of a large photograph of Calvary Baptist Church, on West Twenty-third Street.

Oil portraits of these sitters are now in the New York Chamber of Commerce Collection at the New York State Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, New York Public Library, Harvard University, Vassar College, and West Point Museum, among other institutions. The New-York Historical Society owns more than twenty portraits painted by Huntington. Other portraits remain in private collections, including those of social clubs, hospitals, corporations, and the families who commissioned them from the artist.

Arrangement

Photographs are filed alphabetically by sitter; life dates and vocations were added during processing.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Huntington, Daniel, 1816-1906.

Document Type

  • Photographic prints.
  • Portraits.

Subject Topics

  • Men -- Portraits.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Charles R. Huntington, April 9, 1908.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. See guidelines in Print Room for details.

Use Restrictions

Permission to reproduce any Print Room holdings through publication must be obtained from:
Rights and Reproductions
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 270
Fax: (212) 579-8794

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Daniel Huntington Study Portrait Photographs, PR 256, Department of Prints, Photogaphs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

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Container List

Portraits

Scope and Contents note

Portraits are filed alphabetically by sitter; life dates and vocations were added during processing.


Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: Folder : 1 Adams, William (1813-1897), clergyman

General note

On verso:(taken by Bogardus photographer)

Box: Folder : Arthur, Chester Alan (1830-1886), politician
Box: Folder : Aspinwall, William Henry (1807-1875), businessman
Box: Folder : Avery, Samuel Putnam (1822-1904), art dealer, philanthropist
Box: Folder : Babcock, Samuel D. (1822-1902), banker
Box: Folder : Beardsley, Samuel (1790-1860), judge, politician

General note

On verso: (perish commerce perish credit)

Box: Folder : Blatchford, Samuel (1820-1883), judge
Box: Folder : Booth, Henry Matthias (1843-1899), clergyman, educator

General note

On verso: of Auburn [Theological Seminary]

Box: Folder : Brown, James (1791-1877), banker
Box: Folder : Brown, James M. (1820-1890), banker
Box: Folder : Bruce, George (1781-1866), typefounder

General note

On verso: from daguerreotype

Box: Folder : 2 Cameron, James Donald (1833-1918), politician

General note

On verso: Senator Cameron, Sec of War

Box: Folder : Chittenden, Simeon Baldwin (1814-1889), merchant
Box: Folder : Clark, Luther C. (d. 1877)
Box: Folder : Colgate, Robert (1812-1885), merchant
Box: Folder : Coxe, Arthur Cleveland (1818-1896), clergyman

General note

On verso: Bishop of Western New York (Buffalo)

Box: Folder : Curtiss, Cyrus (d. 1879), merhcant [2 images]

General note

On verso: of Washington Life Insurance Co.?

Box: Folder : Davis, Noah (1818-1902), judge
Box: Folder : Dodge, William E., Sr. (1805-1883), merchant
Box: Folder : Dodge, William E., Jr. (1832-1903), businessman [2 images]
Box: Folder : Drisler, Henry (1818-1897), educator

General note

On verso: Prof

Box: Folder : Dwight, Theodore W. (1822-1892), educator [3 images]

General note

On verso 1 & 2: of Columbia Law School; on verso 3: of Law School Columbia

Box: Folder : 3 Edwards, Henry Pierrepont (1809-1855), judge

General note

On verso: (from a Daguerre)

Box: Folder : Field, Benjamin Hazard (1814-1893), philanthropist
Box: Folder : Field, Cyrus West (1819-1892), capitalist [2 images]

General note

On verso #2: capital likeness D.H.

Box: Folder : Fry, Charles M. (1822-1892), merchant, bank president

General note

See: Folder 12

Box: Folder : Frelinghuysen, Frederick Theodore (1817-1885), politician [2 images]
Box: Folder : Gallatin, Albert (1761-1849), politician, diplomat

General note

On verso: from a daguerreotype

Box: Folder : Gardiner, John Lyon (1841-1920), gentleman

General note

See: Folder 12

Box: Folder : Garrison, Cornelius K. (1809-1885), businessman [2 images]

General note

On verso: "Com"[modore]

Box: Folder : Gracie, James King (1840-1903), philanthropist

General note

See: Folder 12

Box: Folder : 4 Hallgarten,Julius (1842?-1884), banker

General note

On verso: from the small photo

Box: Folder : Hamilton, Alexander, Jr. (1816-1889), lawyer

General note

On verso: afterward President of Astor Library Trustees

Box: Folder : Hastings, Thomas S. (1827-1911), clergyman
Box: Folder : Hayes, Rutherford Birchard (1822-1893), politician [3 images]

General note

On verso #2: after his presidency

Box: Folder : Hoffman, Eugene Augustus (1829-1902), clergyman, educator [2 images]

General note

On verso: Dean Hoffman

Box: Folder : Hoffman, Samuel Verplanck (1802-1880), lawyer

General note

On verso: father of Dean H. of the Seminary

Box: Folder : Hostetter, David Herbert (1819-1888), manufacturer
Box: Folder : Hunt, Wilson G. (1804-1892), merchant
Box: Folder : 5 Jacobi, Abraham (1830-1919), doctor, educator
Box: Folder : James, Daniel Willis (1832-1907), merchant
Box: Folder : Jesup, Morris Ketchum (1830-1908), financier [2 images]
Box: Folder : Johnston, John Taylor (1820-1893), railroad president

General note

See: Folder 12

Box: Folder : Jones, John Divine (1814-1895), businessman

General note

On verso: Pres of Atlantic Ins. Co.

Box: Folder : Kelly, Eugene (1806-1894), banker

General note

On verso: 1891

Box: Folder : Kelly, William (1807-1872), philanthropist
Box: Folder : Kendrick, Henry L. (1812-1891), educator

General note

On verso: of West Point

Box: Folder : Kennedy, Robert Lenox (1822-1887), banker [2 images]

General note

On verso #2: too severe - but very like

Box: Folder : King, Richard (d. 1891), businessman

General note

On verso: Prest of Bank of Commerce

Box: Folder : 6 Lauterbach, Edward (1844-1923), lawyer, politician
Box: Folder : Lenox, James (1800-1880), philanthropist

General note

On verso: This is quite large enough rather larger than life

Box: Folder : Lincoln, Robert Todd (1843-1926), lawyer, politician

General note

On verso: (son of Prest Lincoln Secy of War)

Box: Folder : Low, Abbot Augustus (1843-1912), inventor
Box: Folder : Low, Seth (1850-1916), educator, politician [2 images]

General note

On verso #1: when Prest of Columbia

General note

On verso #2: Pres. Columbia University & Mayor of N.Y. & Bklyn

Box: Folder : Lyman, Theodore Benedict (1815-1993), clergyman

General note

On verso: Bishop of N Carolina

Box: Folder : McGee, James (d. 1898), businessman
Box: Folder : McLane, James Woods (1839-1912), doctor, educator

General note

See: oversize

Box: Folder : Martin, Charles Jackson (d. 1888), businessman

General note

On verso: Prest Home Insurance

Box: Folder : Mills, Darius Ogden (1825-1910), banker
Box: Folder : North, Edward (1820-1903), educator

General note

On verso: Prof Ham College

Box: Folder : Nye, Ezra (1798-1866), sea captain

General note

[from a daguerreotype]

Box: Folder : 7 Owen [Owens?], Thomas J. (d. 1881?), shipping merchant

General note

On verso: painted June 1882 taken from another (much earlier) photograph

Box: Folder : Parker, Amasa Junius (1807-1890), judge
Box: Folder : Phelps, John Jay (1810-1869), merchant

General note

On verso: father of Wm Walter Phelps [1839-1894]

Box: Folder : Phelps, Royal (1809-1884), merchant

General note

On verso: he was in bad health & died soon after this was taken

Box: Folder : Pierrepont, Henry Evelyn (1808-1888), philanthropist

General note

On verso: of Brooklyn NY

Box: Folder : Potter, Henry Codman (1834-1908), clergyman

General note

On verso: of Grace [Church] (about 1875)

Box: Folder : Prentice, Ezra Parmalee (1797-1876), businessman

General note

On verso: of Albany

Box: Folder : Prime, William Cowper (1825-1905), lawyer, educator

General note

On verso: V Prest of Metr Mus of Art

Box: Folder : Pruyn, Robert Lansing (1825-1906), businessman

General note

See: Folder 12

Box: Folder : Raven, Anton Adolph (1843-1919), businessman

General note

On verso: of Atlantic Mutual Ins Co.

Box: Folder : Ray, Robert (1794-1879), banker
Box: Folder : Rolston, Roswell Graves (1838-1898), businessman

General note

On verso: Prest Farmers Loan & Trust Co.

Box: Folder : Roosevelt, Theodore Sr. (1831-1878)
Box: Folder : 8 Sage, Henry Williams (1814-1897), businessman, philanthropist

General note

On verso: of Ithaca

Box: Folder : Schermerhorn, William Colford (1821-1903), philanthropist

General note

On verso: Prof Ham College

Box: Folder : Schurz, Carl (1829-1906), politician, diplomat

General note

On verso: 1899

Box: Folder : Schwab, Gustav (1822-1888), businessman
Box: Folder : Scott, Thomas A. (1823-1881), railroad man

General note

On verso: of Philada (before his paralysis)(good likeness)

Box: Folder : Sheldon, James O. (1823-1907), banker

General note

On verso: 1899

Box: Folder : Sheridan, Philip Henry (1831-1888), military
Box: Folder : Sherman, John (1823-1900), politician [2 images]

General note

On verso #1: taken in my studio DH

General note

On verso #2: taken when Secy of the Treasury

Box: Folder : 9 Sibley, Hiram (1807-1888), industrialist, philanthropist

General note

On verso: (died July 1888)

Box: Folder : Silliman, Benjamin (1805-1901), lawyer

General note

On verso: Council for Bank of Commerce too old (when taken) but about right for him now 1888 / yes-good yet in 1898

Box: Folder : Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874), philanthropist
Box: Folder : Stokes, James Boutler (1804-1881), banker

General note

On verso: father of Anson Phelps Stokes

Box: Folder : Stranahan, James Samuel Thomas (1808-1898), politician

General note

On verso: (of Brooklyn)

Box: Folder : Stuart, Robert L. (1806-1882), merchant, philanthropist [3 images]
Box: Folder : Stuart, Mary McCrea [Mrs. Robert L.] (d 1891), philanthropist
Box: Folder : Sturges, Jonathan (1802-1874), merchant
Box: Folder : Sutherland, Jabez Gridley (1825-1902), judge
Box: Folder : Taft, Alphonso (1810-1891), politician

General note

See: Folder 12

Box: Folder : 10 Thomas, Lewis (d. 1880), grain merchant

General note

On verso: (of Produce Exchange)

Box: Folder : Thompson, David (d. 1871?), businessman

General note

On verso: NY Life & Trust?

Box: Folder : Tibbits, George Moritimer (1796-1878), gentleman

General note

On verso: Troy [NY]

Box: Folder : Tilden, Samuel Jones (1814-1886), politician [2 images]

General note

On verso #1: fm Saronys port photo

Box: Folder : Tracy, Edward H. (d. 1875), engineer

General note

See: Folder 12

Box: Folder : Travers, William Riggin (1819-1887), financier
Box: Folder : Trimble, George Thomas (1793-1872), merchant

General note

See: Folder 12

Box: Folder : Trimble, Merritt (1824-1903), banker

General note

On verso: "Bank for Savings" N.Y.

Box: Folder : Vail, Henry F. (1812-1881), banker [2 images]

General note

On verso: Prest Bank of Commerce

Box: Folder : Vail, Thomas Hubbard (1812-1889)
Box: Folder : Vanderbilt, Cornelius II (1843-1899) [2 images]

General note

On verso #1: does not do him justice too old & severe

General note

On verso #2: not long before his attack [1896] a strong likeness

Box: Folder : Vanderpoel, Aaron (1799-1870), judge
Box: Folder : 11 Warren, John (1799-1878), stockbroker

General note

On verso: Prest of Board of Brokers (Stock Exchange)

Box: Folder : Warren, J. Kearney (d. 1895)
Box: Folder : Washburn, Edward Abiel (1819-1881), clergyman

General note

On verso: of Calvary Church

Box: Folder : Weir, Robert Walter (1803-1889), painter

General note

See: Folder 12

Box: Folder : Whipple, Henry B., Rev. (1822-1901), clergyman

General note

On verso: Bishop / He said "it looked like a Methodist parson" yet it is a tremendous likeness D.H.

Box: Folder : White, Andrew Dickson (1832-1918), diplomat

General note

On verso: President of Cornell about 1890, minister to Germany 1899

Box: Folder : White, Chandler (d. 1856) [from a daguerreotype]

General note

On verso: of the first Cable Syndicate This is from an old daguerreotype of the only likeness to be found of him

Box: Folder : Whittingham, William Rollison (1805-1879), clergyman, Bishop of Maryland

General note

On verso: This is severe (as it should be) from the Daguerreotype / fine for character (but it was very hot weather & his shirt-collar showed it)! (not a bad Savonarola) D.H.

Box: Folder : Williams, John S. (1814-1876), businessman

General note

On verso: of Williams & Guyon [Guion]

Box: Folder : Winthrop, Robert (1832-1892), banker

General note

On verso: of New York

Box: Folder : Winthrop, Robert Charles (1809-1894), lawyer [2 images]

General note

On verso #1: very good before he began to grow feeble

Box: Folder : Wolfe, John David (1792-1872), merchant [2 images]
Box: Folder : Woodruff, Lewis Bartholomew (1809-1875), judge

General note

On verso: Lewis B. US Circuit Court

Box: Folder : Washburn, Edward Abiel (1819-1881), clergyman

General note

On verso: of Calvary Church

Box: Folder : Washburn, Edward Abiel (1819-1881), clergyman

General note

On verso: of Calvary Church

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Oversize Portraits

Scope and Contents note

Filed alphabetically by sitter; life dates and vocations were added during processing.


Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: Folder : 12 Fry, Charles M. (1822-1892), merchant, bank president

General note

On verso: President of Bank of NY taken about 1888-90 he died Nov 1892

Box: Folder : Gardiner, John Lyon (1841-1910), gentleman
Box: Folder : Gracie, James King (1840-1903), philanthropist

General note

On verso: 1878

Box: Folder : Johnston, John Taylor (1820-1893), railroad president

General note

On verso: Capital Likeness DH

Box: Folder : McLane, James Woods (1839-1912), doctor, educator

General note

On verso: June 1898 / Dr. J.W. McLane / Pres of Trustees College Physicians & Surgeons / James W. McLane MD

Box: Folder : Pruyn, Robert Lansing (1852-1906), businessman
Box: Folder : Taft, Alphonso (1810-1891), politician
Box: Folder : Tracy, Edward H. (d. 1875), engineer
Box: Folder : Trimble, George Thomas (1793-1872), merchant

General note

On verso: NY Hospital?

Box: Folder : Weir, Robert Walter (1803-1889), painter

General note

On verso: of West Point

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