Coomaraswamy, Ananda K. (Ananda Kentish), 1877-1947

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Ananda K. Coomaraswamy was a Ceylonese-born, English-educated, American art historian, philosopher, and author. Stella Bloch, Coomaraswamy's third wife, was a student of Indian dance, art, and philosophy and co-authored several articles with Coomaraswamy. Although they divorced in 1930, they maintained a friendly correspondence, discussing art, philosophy, and Coomaraswamy's works.

From the description of Stella Bloch papers relating to Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, 1890-1985 (bulk 1917-1930) (Princeton University Library). WorldCat record id: 81612351

Coomaraswamy was a pioneer historian of Indian art and culture. He was the research fellow in Indian, Persian, and Muslim art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from 1916-1947.

From the guide to the Papers on The nature of Buddhist art, 1919-1920., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Coomaraswamy was an historian of Indian art and culture; and a research fellow in Indian, Persian, and Muslim art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1916-1947.

From the description of Papers on The Nature of Buddhist art, 1919-1920 and undated. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 80617144

Ananda K. Coomaraswamy was a noted art historian and champion of Ceylonese and Indian culture. Born in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), in 1877, Coomaraswamy moved to England in 1879 and attended Wycliffe College, a preparatory school, from the age of 12. In 1900, he graduated from University College, London, with a degree in geology and botany, and in 1906, he received a doctor of science for his study of Ceylonese mineralogy. He served as director of the Mineralogical Survey of Ceylon from 1902 to 1907 before moving to the United States to serve as curator of Indian art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, where he stayed for the remainder of his life. Coomaraswamy devoted himself to the study of traditional Ceylonese and Indian arts and crafts, the cataloging of Indian art collections, and research on Indian art, religion, metaphysics, and culture. He died in 1947.

From the guide to the Ananda K. Coomaraswamy Papers, 1903-1970, 1930-1947, (Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections)

1903-1906 director of the mineralogical survey of Ceylon; 1910 co-founder of the India Society; 1910-1911 in charge of the art section of the United Provinces Exhibition, Allahabad; 1917-1947 research fellow in Indian, Persian and Muhammadan art at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Epithet: art historian

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001477.0x000167

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referencedIn Collins, Seward, 1899-1952. Seward Collins papers, 1918-1952 (inclusive) 1927-1937 (bulk). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Bloch, Stella. Stella Bloch papers, 1914-1991. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn William Kurtz Wimsatt papers, 1935-1975 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Moody, Harriet Converse Tilden, 1857-1932. Papers, 1906-1932. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
referencedIn George Sarton additional papers, 1901-1956. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Correspondence, 1860-1979. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Coomaraswamy, Ananda Kentish, 1877-1947,. [Psalms and other texts]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn [South Asia Pamphlet Collection. Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy pamphlets]. Library of Congress
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, ca. 1933-1997. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Sir William Rothenstein correspondence and other papers, 1887-1957. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Abraham Aaron Roback papers, 1909-1965. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Henderson, Alice Corbin, 1881-1949. Papers, 1861-1987 (bulk 1920-1949). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Wimsatt, William K. (William Kurtz), 1907-1975. William Kurtz Wimsatt papers, 1935-1975 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Browne, Maurice, 1881-1955. Ellen Van Volkenburg-Maurice Browne general correspondence, 1911- University of Michigan
referencedIn Rogers Memorial Collection: Henry Munroe Rogers papers, 1812-1937 (inclusive), 1862-1937 (bulk). Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Craig, Edward Gordon, 1872-1965. Correspondence with Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy, 1912-1914. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Stella Bloch papers, 1907-1999 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
creatorOf AVEBURY PAPERS. Vol. XLIII B (ff. 237). The Scenery of England, 1902; 1902-1907, n.d.includes:f. 38 Emily J. Collings, of Edgbaston: Letter to Lord Avebury: 1905. f. 77 Ellen Olive Lambart, daughter of Frederick, 9th Earl of Cavan: Letter to Sir J. L..., 1902-1907 British Library
referencedIn Alice Corbin Henderson Collection TXRC92-A24., 1861-1987 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Coomaraswamy, Ananda Kentish, 1877-1947. Papers on The Nature of Buddhist art, 1919-1920 and undated. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Wood, Beatrice. "A Nickellette, or Unsophisticated Mary" manuscript and painting. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Autograph File, C, 1554-2002. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Stella Bloch papers, 1914-1991. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Coomaraswamy, Ananda Kentish, 1877-1947. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn Durai Raja Singam: Letters to him, 1926-1973 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
referencedIn Rabindranath Tagore papers, 1910-1918. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Cleverdon mss. II, 1926-1988 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly
creatorOf Coomaraswamy, Ananda Kentish, 1877-1947. Stella Bloch papers relating to Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, 1890-1985 (bulk 1917-1930) Princeton University Library
creatorOf Bloch, Stella. Stella Bloch papers, 1907-1999. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Seward Collins papers, 1918-1952 (inclusive), 1927-1937 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Coomaraswamy, Ananda Kentish, 1877-1947. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, [Between 1893 and 1899]. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Miscellaneous letters received by Dinesh Chandra Sen, scholar of Bengali literature, from Ananda Coomaraswamy, Ernest Binfield Havell, Romain Rolland, Sir William Rothenstein, Rabindranath Tagore, and others., 1911-1927 British Library
creatorOf Coomaraswamy, Ananda Kentish, 1877-1947. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1917. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Ananda K. Coomaraswamy Papers, 1903-1970, 1930-1947 Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special CollectionsManuscripts Division
referencedIn Thomas Bird Mosher papers, 1890-1939 (inclusive) 1895-1924 (bulk). Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Browne, Maurice, 1881-1955. Ellen Van Volkenburg-Maurice Browne general correspondence, 1911- University of Michigan
referencedIn George Sarton additional papers, 1901-1956. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Coomaraswamy, Ananda Kentish, 1877-1947. Letters, 1945-1947, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Coomaraswamy, Ananda Kentish, 1877-1947. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1918-1936,n.d. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Papers on The nature of Buddhist art, 1919-1920. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Coomaraswamy, Ananda Kentish, 1877-1947. Ananda K. Coomaraswamy papers, 1903-1968 (bulk 1930-1947). Princeton University Library
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associatedWith Bloch, Stella person
associatedWith Bloch, Stella. person
correspondedWith Bloch, Stella, 1898-1999 person
associatedWith Browne, Maurice, 1881-1955. person
associatedWith Cleverdon, Douglas. person
associatedWith Collins, Seward, 1899-1952. person
associatedWith Coomaraswamy, Dona Luisa. person
associatedWith Craig, Edward Gordon, 1872-1965. person
associatedWith Fenollosa, Mary McNeil, person
associatedWith Gill, Eric, 1882-1940. person
associatedWith Henderson, Alice Corbin, 1881-1949 person
correspondedWith Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966 person
correspondedWith Lenore Young Turnbull person
associatedWith Moody, Harriet Converse Tilden, 1857-1932. person
correspondedWith Mosher, Thomas Bird, 1852-1923 person
associatedWith Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. corporateBody
associatedWith Nation (New York, N.Y. : 1865). corporateBody
associatedWith New Directions Publishing Corp. corporateBody
correspondedWith Roback, A. A. (Abraham Aaron), 1890-1965 person
associatedWith Rogers, Henry Munroe, 1839-1937 person
correspondedWith Rothenstein, William, Sir, 1872-1945 person
correspondedWith Russell, Lindsay, 1870- person
associatedWith Russell, Lindsay, 1870-1949, person
associatedWith Sabapathipillay Durai Raja Singam person
correspondedWith Sarton, George, 1884-1956 person
associatedWith Tagore, Rabindranath, 1861-1941 person
associatedWith Walker's person
correspondedWith Walpole galleries. corporateBody
associatedWith Walpole Galleries, corporateBody
associatedWith Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892. person
associatedWith Wimsatt, William K. (William Kurtz), 1907-1975. person
associatedWith Wood, Beatrice. person
associatedWith Yamanaka & co. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
United States
India
Indonesia
India
Subject
Religion
Dancers--20th century--Correspondence
Jaina art
Art, Buddhist
Islamic art
Indian art
Gods, Hindu
Artists--20th century--Drawings
Hindu gods
Art, Hindu
Hindu philosophy
Philosophy, Hindu
Artists--20th century--Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc
Buddhist art and symbolism
Art, Islamic
Philosophy, Buddhist
Art--History
Indian dance
Art historians--20th century--Correspondence
Dance, Indonesian
Art, indonesian
Art historians--20th century--Manuscripts
Aesthetics
Aesthetics, Oriental
Husband and wife--20th century--Correspondence
Hindu art
Buddhist philosophy
Philosophy
Gods, Vedic
Occupation
Art historians--20th century.--United States
Bookseller
Art historians
Art historians--United States--20th century
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Birth 1877-08-22

Death 1947-09-09

Sri Lankans

English

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