Cortissoz, Royal, 1869-1948

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American art critic.

From the description of Autograph letters signed (2), dated : [New York], 10 Apirl 1940 and 22 March 1942, to Harry [Harkness Flagler], 1940 Apr. 10 and 22 March 1942. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270564650

Royal Cortissoz (1869-1968), respected American art critic, was born in Brooklyn, NY. He trained as an architect, spending six years working at the firm of McKim, Mead, and White before embarking on his journalism career. Cortissoz served as the art critic for the New York Tribune (later, New York Herald-Tribune) from 1891-1944 and was the author of art books, exhibition catalogs, and countless articles and reviews.

From the description of Architecture Images Collection, circa 1900-1920. (Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection). WorldCat record id: 605941518

Royal Cortissoz (1869-1948) was the art critic for the New York Herald Tribune for over fifty years.

From the description of Royal Cortissoz papers, 1864-1955 (bulk 1920-1955) (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80153323

From the description of Royal Cortissoz papers, 1864-1955 (bulk 1920-1955). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702164142

Royal Cortissoz was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Francisco Emmanuel Cortissoz and Julia da Costo Cortissoz. In 1883 he went to work for the architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White. In 1889 he was appointed art critic for The Commercial Advertiser, and on October 1, 1891 he was named art critic for the New York Tribune (later the New York Herald-Tribune ), a position he held for more than fifty years. Cortissoz was a champion of traditional and representational art, and considered modernist art "sterile." He was the author of many critical articles, three biographies, and six volumes of essays, and became a nationally-known and highly popular lecturer on the arts, particularly painting. Cortissoz also wrote inscriptions for many memorials, the most famous of which appears behind the statue of Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial.

In 1897 he married Ellen Mackay Hutchinson, co-editor with Edmund Clarence Stedman of The Library of American Literature and an author herself. His fiftieth anniversary with the Herald-Tribune was celebrated by many colleagues and admirers. Royal Cortissoz died in New York City on October 17, 1948. At the time of his death, Henry McBride noted his dislike of modern art, but added: "These innovators could not have asked for a fairer opponent. They will miss him. He created the argument and when there is no argument a movement lies flat."

From the guide to the Royal Cortissoz papers, 1864-1955, 1920-1955, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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creatorOf Cortissoz, Royal, 1869-1948. Royal Cortissoz papers, 1864-1955 (bulk 1920-1955) Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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creatorOf Weitenkampf, Frank, 1866-1962. Frank Weitenkampf letters, 1889-1942. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Cortissoz, Royal, 1869-1948,. Autograph and typed letters signed from Royal Cortissoz, New York, to William Winter [manuscript], 1899-1910. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Fogg Art Museum. Archives of the Fogg Art Museum, 1895-1985 (inclusive). Harvard University Art Museum
referencedIn Zerbe, William H. Royal Cortissoz [graphic]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf American Academy of Arts and Letters. American Academy of Arts and Letters records, 1864-1942. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Charles Hanson Towne papers, 1891-1948, 1902-1945 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
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creatorOf Birnbaum, Martin, 1878-1970. Martin Birnbaum papers, 1862-1970. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Cortissoz, Royal, 1869-1948. Autograph letters (4 including 1 card) signed and typed letters (9) signed : to Belle da Costa Greene or to J.P. Morgan, 1928 Mar. and 1943 Feb. Pierpont Morgan Library.
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referencedIn Philadelphia Museum of Art. Selections from the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Archives of American Art collection, 1866-1968. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
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creatorOf Cortissoz, Royal, 1869-1948. [Letter to Edward Larocque Tinker, New York], 1940. University Club Library
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creatorOf CORTISSOZ, ROYAL. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
referencedIn Reid family papers, 1795-1946. Library of Congress
creatorOf Palmer, John Williamson, 1825-1906. Papers of John Williamson Palmer, 1856-1903. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Remington, Frederic, 1861-1909. Frederic Remington papers, 1880-1908. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Royal Cortissoz [graphic]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Weir, John Ferguson, 1841-1926. John Ferguson Weir papers, 1838-1957 (inclusive), 1861-1928 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Stedman, Edmund Clarence, 1833-1908. Papers, 1840-1960. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Papers of Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss, ca. 1860-1969 (inclusive) Harvard University Archives.
creatorOf Pennell, Joseph, 1857-1926. Joseph Pennell papers, 1908-1935. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Cortissoz, Royal, 1869-1948. Correspondence to Paul Philippe Cret, 1929-1943. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Nevins, Allan, 1890-1971. Papers, 1912-1992. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Papers, 1840-1961. Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Papers, 1847-1933. Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Charles A. Platt architectural records and papers, 1879-1981, (bulk 1882-1933) Columbia University. Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library. Dept. of Drawings & Archives,
creatorOf Cortissoz, Royal, 1869-1948. Autograph letter signed : to R.C. Leffingwell, 1943 Apr. 3. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Ingersoll, R. Sturgis (Robert Sturgis), b. 1891. R. Sturgis Ingersoll papers related to Henry McCarter, 1896-1944 (bulk 1930-1943). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Family papers, 1853-1954. Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Reid, Elisabeth Mills, 1858-1931. Reid family papers, 1795-1970 (bulk 1869-1970). Library of Congress
creatorOf Cortissoz, Royal, 1869-1948. Autograph letters signed (2), dated : [New York], 10 Apirl 1940 and 22 March 1942, to Harry [Harkness Flagler], 1940 Apr. 10 and 22 March 1942. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Stanford White Papers, 1873-1928 © 2011 New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Gibson, Charles Dana, 1867-1944. Charles Dana Gibson papers, 1902-1965. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Royal Cortissoz papers, 1864-1955, 1920-1955 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Byers, A. M. (Alexander McBurney), 1827-1900. Byers Family Art Collection Inventories 1900-1977 1900-1935. Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection
referencedIn Winthrop, Grenville Lindall, 1864-1943. Papers of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1885-1943 (inclusive). Harvard University Art Museum
creatorOf Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor, 1869-1924. Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue architectural drawings and papers, 1882-1980. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Cortissoz, Royal, 1869-1948. Architecture Images Collection, circa 1900-1920. Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection
referencedIn Reid Family Fapers, 1795-1970, (bulk 1869-1970) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn William James Jr. papers, 1857-1960 (inclusive), 1911-1959 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Cortissoz, Royal, 1869-1948. Correspondence with Van Wyck Brooks, 1941-1953. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Towne, Charles Hanson, 1877-1949. Charles Hanson Towne papers, 1891-1948, bulk (1902-1945). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Cortissoz, Royal, 1869-1948. Autograph letter signed : to Belle da Costa Greene, 1930 Oct. 18. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Royal Cortissoz [graphic]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Pène du Bois, Guy, 1884-1958. Guy Pène Du Bois papers, 1903-1963. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Correspondence, 1864-1906. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue architectural drawings and papers, 1882-1980 Columbia University. Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Department of Drawings & Archives,
creatorOf Century illustrated monthly magazine. Century Magazine letters, 1870-1918. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
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referencedIn Allan Nevins Papers, 1912-1992 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Papers, 1903-2005 Harvard Art Museum Archives, Harvard University
referencedIn William Roscoe Thayer papers, 1762-1927 (inclusive), 1872-1921 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn William Anderson Coffin papers, 1886-1924 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Edmund Clarence Stedman Papers, 1840-1960. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Mark Anthony De Wolfe Howe additional papers, 1880-1959. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Anthony, Alfred Williams, 1860-1939. Alfred Williams Anthony papers, [ca. 1880-1930]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
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associatedWith Duveen, Joseph Duveen, Baron, 1869-1939. person
associatedWith Finley, David E. (David Edward) person
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correspondedWith James, William, 1882-1961 person
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United States
United States
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Architecture
Art criticism--United States
Art, American--20th century
Occupation
Art critics--United States
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Birth 1869-02-10

Death 1948-10-17

Americans

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