Sloan, Helen Farr, 1911-2005

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Helen Farr Sloan was the second wife of John Sloan, the painter.

From the description of Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, [between 1932 and 1963]. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 186363657

Widow of the painter John Sloan.

From the description of Helen Farr Sloan interview, 1988 July 17. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81618103

Helen Farr Sloan (1911-2005) was the widow of celebrated American artist John Sloan (1871-1951), one of the original members of The Eight and later the Ashcan School of realist painters. Mrs. Sloan was herself an accomplished artist, educator, art patron, and philanthropist who dedicated herself to preserving her husband's legacy after his death in 1951.

From the description of Helen Farr Sloan Philadelphia Inquirer notebooks. 1886-1896. (University of Delaware Library). WorldCat record id: 300486614

Educator, artist, patron of the arts, philanthropist; married John Sloan in 1944; lived in New York City and Santa Fe, N.M.

From the description of Helen Farr Sloan autograph collection, 1886-1964. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 777828000

Helen Farr Sloan (1911–2005) was the widow of celebrated American artist John Sloan (1871–1951), one of the original members of The Eight and later the Ashcan School of realist painters. Mrs. Sloan was herself an accomplished artist, educator, art patron, and philanthropist who dedicated herself to preserving her husband’s legacy after his death in 1951. For many years, she maintained his archives while collecting information and sponsoring research projects related to her husband’s life and artistic career. She provided documentary sources to many authors working on book projects about Sloan’s life and artistic works, while writing prefaces for a number of publications and even editing some works. Mrs. Sloan funded the Philadelphia Inquirer notebooks project (which comprises this collection) to document the artistic context for the early stages of her husband’s career.

John Sloan was born in Philadelphia in 1871, and attended Philadelphia Central High School. In 1887, Sloan started working for a dealer of books and fine arts, where he soon earned extra income by selling pen-and-ink drawings and gift cards. In 1892, Sloan joined the art department of The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked until 1895, mostly illustrating the Sunday edition of the paper. He continued to provide occasional illustrations for The Inquirer Sunday Magazine even after moving to another newspaper, Philadelphia Press, and his illustrations also appeared in several magazines, including Moods: A Journal Intime, where he became art editor in 1895. From 1892 to 1895, Sloan attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he encountered American artist Robert Henri, who would inspire him to abandon illustration work to pursue painting as a career.

Bruce St. John. John Sloan. New York, Washington, London: Praeger Publisher, 1971. John Loughery. John Sloan, Painter and Rebel. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1995. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1805-2005: 200 Years of Excellence. Philadelphia: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 2005. "Finding aid to the John Sloan Collection." Delaware Museum of Art. http://www.delart.org (accessed September 26, 2008).

From the guide to the Helen Farr Sloan, Philadelphia Inquirer, notebooks, 1886–1896, (University of Delaware Library – Special Collections)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Jones Studio (Boulder, Colo.) Photographer. Alpha Chi Omega, 1919. Boulder Public Library
creatorOf Sloan, Helen Farr, 1911-2005. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, [between 1932 and 1963]. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Ira and William Glackens papers, circa 1900-1990 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Barber, John, 1893-1965. John Barber papers, 1911-1975. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Witter Bynner papers, 1829-1965. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Sloan, Helen Farr, 1911-2005. Helen Farr Sloan autograph collection, 1886-1964. Helen Farr Sloan Library
creatorOf Sloan, Helen Farr, 1911-. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
creatorOf Levinson, Abraham F., 1883-1946. Abraham F. Levinson letters, 1917 and 1947. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Fitzgerald, Richard. Richard Fitzgerald papers, 1930-1972. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Dickey, John Sloan, 1907-1991. Correspondence, 1931-1951. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Helen Farr Sloan, Philadelphia Inquirer, notebooks, 1886–1896 University of Delaware Library – Special Collections
referencedIn Witter Bynner papers, 1829-1965. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Sloan, John, 1871-1951. John Sloan manuscript collection, 1871-1997. Helen Farr Sloan Library
creatorOf Sloan, Helen Farr, 1911-2005. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1945-1970, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Sloan, Helen Farr, 1911-2005. Helen Farr Sloan Philadelphia Inquirer notebooks. 1886-1896. University of Delaware Library, Hugh M Morris Library
referencedIn Jones Studio (Boulder, Colo.) Photographer. Alpha Chi Omega, 1918. Boulder Public Library
creatorOf Sloan, Helen Farr, 1911-2005. Helen Farr Sloan interview, 1988 July 17. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Sloan, John, 1871-1951. Letters from John Sloan to Will and Selma Shuster, 1921-1947. Delaware Art Museum
referencedIn Sloan, Helen Farr : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
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correspondedWith Alma-Tadema, Lawrence, Sir, 1836-1912 person
associatedWith Anshutz, Thomas Pollock, 1851-1912 person
associatedWith Art Club of Philadelphia. corporateBody
associatedWith Barber, John, 1893-1965. person
associatedWith Beaux, Cecilia, 1855-1942 person
associatedWith Berman, Avis person
correspondedWith Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968 person
correspondedWith Chandler, Howard Christy, 1873-1952 person
associatedWith Chase, William Merritt, 1849-1916 person
associatedWith Childs, George William, 1829-1894 person
correspondedWith Cox, Palmer, 1840-1924 person
correspondedWith Crane, Walter, 1845-1915 person
associatedWith Davis & Harvey. corporateBody
associatedWith Dickey, John Sloan, 1907-1991. person
correspondedWith Doyle, Richard, 1824-1883 person
associatedWith Drexel, Anthony J. (Anthony Joseph), 1826-1893 person
associatedWith Drexel Home and Philadelphia Motherhouse of Deaconesses. corporateBody
associatedWith Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry. corporateBody
associatedWith Drexel, Katharine Mary, Saint, 1858-1955 person
associatedWith Eakins, Thomas, 1844-1916 person
associatedWith Fairmount Park Art Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Fitzgerald, Richard. person
correspondedWith Flint, William Russell, Sir, 1880-1969 person
associatedWith Furness, Frank, 1839-1912 person
associatedWith Glackens, Ira person
associatedWith Grafly, Charles, 1862-1929 person
associatedWith Haseltine Galleries (Philadelphia, Pa.) corporateBody
associatedWith Hovenden, Thomas, 1840-1895 person
associatedWith James S. Earle & Sons. corporateBody
associatedWith J. E. Caldwell & Co. corporateBody
associatedWith J.E. Caldwell & Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Jones Studio (Boulder, Colo.) Photographer. corporateBody
associatedWith Jones Studio (Boulder, Colo.) Photographer. corporateBody
associatedWith Kraushaar, Antoinette M. person
associatedWith Levinson, Abraham F., 1883-1946. person
associatedWith Mary J. Drexel Home and Philadelphia Motherhouse of Deaconesses. corporateBody
associatedWith Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. corporateBody
associatedWith Philadelphia Inquirer (Firm) corporateBody
associatedWith Photographic Society of Philadelphia. corporateBody
associatedWith Shinn, Everett, 1876-1953 person
associatedWith Sloan, John, 1871-1951 person
correspondedWith Tenniel, John, Sir, 1820-1914 person
associatedWith T Square Club (Philadelphia, Pa.) corporateBody
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Philadelphia (Pa.)
Canada
Netherlands
Great Britain
United States
England
Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
Philadelphia (Pa.)
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Art--Study and teaching--History--19th century--Sources
Art galleries, Commercial--History--19th century--Sources
Newspapers--Illustrations--19th century
Outdoor sculpture--19th century
Art museums--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--19th century--Sources
Outdoor sculpture--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--19th century--Sources
Public art--19th century
Art auctions--History--19th century--Sources
Art, American
Art--Societies, etc.--19th century
Exhibitions--History--19th century--Sources
Illustrators--Correspondence
Painting
Art--Study and teaching--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--19th century--Sources
Art auctions--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--19th century--Sources
Public sculpture, American--History--19th century--Sources
Exhibitions--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--19th century--Sources
Public sculpture, American--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--19th century--Sources
Newspapers--Illustrations--19th century--Sources
Art galleries, commercial--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--19th century--Sources
Art museums--History--19th century--Sources
Arts
Art--Societies, etc.--19th century--Sources
Public art--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--19th century--Sources
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Birth 1911-02-24

Death 2005-12-13

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