Salmagundi ClubVariant names
Art club at 47 5th Avenue, New York, N.Y.
From the description of Salmagundi Club exhibition catalogs, [ca. 1915]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122553241
Founded in 1879 in Louisville, Kentucky, the Salmagundi club was an all-male social and literary club devoted to conversation and the exchange of ideas. The club's constitution restricted membership to 24, with new members nominated by club members and elected by secret ballot. Members rotated responsibility for hosting meetings at which the host presented an essay on the topic of his choice. Topics ranged from parks to business practices to literature. As members of Louisville's elite, Salmagundians possessed the resources to put ideas they explored into practice. In 1887, Salmagundi joined with the Commercial Club of Louisville and was instrumental in creating the legislation that established the Louisville parks system.
From the description of Salmagundi Club Records, 1962-2004. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 233540703
Artists club; New York, N.Y.
Established 1871, incorporated 1880.
From the description of Salmagundi Club records, 1878-1947. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122545536
The Salmagundi Club was formed as the New York Sketch Club in 1871 by a group of artists and art patrons; it changed its name in tribute to the 19th century book of tales and miscellany published by Washington Irving. The club held its meetings and events in rented rooms at 14 West 12th Street from 1895 until 1917, when the club purchased its own brownstone at 47 Fifth Avenue.
Samuel T. Shaw (1861-1945) was the proprietor of the Grant Union Hotel, which was located on the southeast corner of 42nd Street and Park Avenue, across from Grand Central Terminal, from 1874 until 1914. An art collector and patron of living artists, Shaw hung the hotel walls with his personal collection of works by American painters. He was closely associated with the Salmagundi Club, the Society of American Artists, and the National Academy of Design, and awarded cash prizes for the best picture at the annual exhibitions held by those institutions.
Shaw gave the "Shaw Prize" at the Salmagundi Club exhibits for fifty years, and would sponsor an annual dinner party of the artists in competition for that year's award. A commercial photographer was engaged to make a panoramic group portrait of the jovial and formally dressed painters at their dinner table. At the center of each photograph appear two easily identifiable men: the award-winning artist from the previous year (bedecked with a laurel head wreath), and their great patron, the bearded, white-haired (and usually unjacketed) Samuel T. Shaw, often sitting beneath the Club's portrait of Shaw by Wayman Adams.
From the guide to the Salmagundi Club Photograph Collection, 1898-1943, (© 2011 New-York Historical Society)
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