Coffin, William A. (William Anderson), 1855-1925

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Landscape painter, writer; New York, N.Y.

From the description of William Anderson Coffin papers, 1900-1923. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 657037245

From the description of William Anderson Coffin papers, 1900-1923. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122514958

American artist.

From the description of William A. Coffin papers, 1915-1926. (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 58780225

William Anderson Coffin (1855-1925) was a painter and writer from New York, N.Y.

From the description of William Anderson Coffin papers, 1886-1924. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 744425568

William Anderson Coffin (1855-1925) of New York City was a landscape and figure painter and art critic. He organized several notable exhibitions and art-related charitable events for relief work in post-World War I France.

William Anderson Coffin was born near Pittsburgh in Allegheny, Pennsylvania on January 31, 1855, the son of Isabella C. Anderson and James Gardiner Coffin. Coffin studied art and graduated from Yale University in 1874. Three years later, he left for Paris and studied with academic artist Léon Bonnat. Coffin exhibited in the Paris Salons of 1879, 1880, and 1882.

In 1882, Coffin moved to New York City, participating in many exhibitions, including at the National Academy of Design. He also wrote as an art critic for Scribner's, Harper's Weekly, among other publications. From 1886 to 1891, he was art critic for The New York Evening Post, and was art editor at the New York Sun from 1896 to 1901.

Coffin directed the Fine Arts Division of the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo from 1900 to 1901, and participated as a member of the New York Advisory Board of the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915. Coffin was also president of the American Artists' Committee of One Hundred that established a relief fund for families of French soldier-artists. For this charitable work, Coffin received the medal of the Legion of Honor from the French government in 1917.

Coffin was a member of various arts organizations including the Lotos Club, the Architectural league of New York, and the National Academy of Design. His art work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Municipal Gallery of Venice, Italy, the Albright Art Gallery, and the Brooklyn Museum.

William Anderson Coffin died on October 26, 1925 in New York City.

From the guide to the William Anderson Coffin papers, 1886-1924, (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)

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referencedIn Daniel Putnam Brinley and Kathrine Sanger Brinley papers, 1879-1984 Archives of American Art
creatorOf Coffin, William A. (William Anderson), 1855-1925. William Anderson Coffin papers, 1886-1924. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Letters to Albert Rosenthal, 1885-1936. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Century illustrated monthly magazine. Century Magazine letters, 1870-1918. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Anthony, Alfred Williams, 1860-1939. Alfred Williams Anthony papers, [ca. 1880-1930]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Cox, Kenyon, 1856-1919. Kenyon Cox papers, circa 1860-1922. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Thomas Prichard Rossiter and Rossiter Family papers, 1840-1961 Archives of American Art
creatorOf Coffin, William A. (William Anderson), 1855-1925. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn Weir, John Ferguson, 1841-1926. John Ferguson Weir papers, 1838-1957 (inclusive), 1861-1928 (bulk). Yale University Library
creatorOf Coffin, William A. (William Anderson), 1855-1925. William A. Coffin papers, 1915-1926. New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Hart, Charles Henry, 1847-1918. Letters to Charles Henry Hart from artists, 1863-1915. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf American Artists' Committee of One Hundred. American Artists' Committee of One Hundred records, 1916-1923. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Coffin, William A. (William Anderson), 1855-1925. Papers 1872-1890. Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Heinz History Center Detre Library and Archives
creatorOf Bryant, William Cullen, 1794-1878. William Cullen Bryant and Parke Godwin papers, 1821-1901. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf William Anderson Coffin papers, 1886-1924 Archives of American Art
creatorOf Coffin, William A. (William Anderson), 1855-1925. William Anderson Coffin papers, 1900-1923. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Coffin, William A. (William Anderson), 1855-1925. William Anderson Coffin papers, 1900-1923. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Theodore Roosevelt Collection: Political cartoons: Original cartoon drawings, 1896-1942. Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Brinley, Putnam. Daniel Putnam Brinley and Kathrine Sanger Brinley papers, 1879-1984. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Butler, Howard Russell, 1856-1934. Howard Russell Butler papers, 1874-1936. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Rossiter, Thomas Prichard, 1818-1871. Thomas Prichard Rossiter and Rossiter family papers, 1840-1961. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Evans, William T., 1843-1918. William T. Evans letters, 1842-1969. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn [Artists at a banquet for Harry Siddons Mowbray] [graphic]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Douglas Tilden Papers, 1860-1970 Bancroft Library
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associatedWith American Artists' Committee of One Hundred. corporateBody
associatedWith American Artists' Committee of One Hundred. corporateBody
associatedWith American Artists' Committee of One Hundred. corporateBody
associatedWith American Artists' Committee of One Hundred. corporateBody
associatedWith American Artists' Committee of One Hundred. corporateBody
associatedWith American Rights Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Anthony, Alfred Williams, 1860-1939. person
associatedWith Benson, Frank Weston, 1862-1951. person
associatedWith Blashfield, Edwin Howland, 1848-1936. person
associatedWith Bonnat, Léon Joseph Florentin, 1833-1922. person
associatedWith Bouché, Louis, 1896-1969. person
associatedWith Brinley, Putnam. person
associatedWith Bryant, William Cullen, 1794-1878. person
associatedWith Butler, Howard Russell, 1856-1934. person
correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
associatedWith Century illustrated monthly magazine. corporateBody
associatedWith Committee for the Exhibition of American Painting and Sculpture (Paris, France) corporateBody
associatedWith Committee for the Exhibition of American Painting and Sculpture (Paris, France) corporateBody
associatedWith Committee for the Exhibition of American Painting and Sculpture (Paris, France) corporateBody
associatedWith Cortissoz, Royal, 1869-1948. person
associatedWith Cox, Kenyon, 1856-1919. person
associatedWith Davis, Charles H. (Charles Harold), 1856-1933. person
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
associatedWith Evans, William T., 1843-1918. person
associatedWith Exposition d'artistes de l'école Américaine (1919: Paris, France) corporateBody
associatedWith Exposition d'artistes de l'école Américaine (1919: Paris, France) corporateBody
associatedWith Exposition d'artistes de l'école Américaine (1919: Paris, France) corporateBody
associatedWith Fraternité des artistes. corporateBody
associatedWith Gay, Walter, 1856-1937. person
associatedWith Gussow, Bernard, 1881-1957. person
associatedWith Hart, Charles Henry, 1847-1918. person
associatedWith Lotos Club (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Musée d'histoire et d'art (Luxembourg) corporateBody
associatedWith National Academy of Design (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Pan-American Exposition (1901 : Buffalo, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Rosenthal, Albert, 1863-1939. person
associatedWith Rossiter, Thomas Prichard, 1818-1871. person
associatedWith Stella, Joseph, 1877-1946. person
associatedWith Thoumy, Edmond. person
correspondedWith Tilden, Douglas, 1860-1935 person
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associatedWith Weir, John Ferguson, 1841-1926. person
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Place Name Admin Code Country
France
France--Paris
France--Paris
France--Paris
New York (State)--New York
Subject
Art critics
Artists
Art--Exhibitions
Art critics New York (State) New York
World War, 1914-1918--Civilian relief--Societies, etc
Painters
World War, 1914-1918--Civilian relief
War relief
Art critics France Paris
Art Exhibitions France Paris
Occupation
Artists
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Birth 1855-01-31

Death 1925-10-26

Americans

French,

English

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