Vose Galleries of Boston

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Art gallery; Boston, Mass.

Founded 1841 in Providence, R.I. by Ransom Hicks, and purchased by Joseph Vose in 1841. In 1850, his son Seth Morton Vose joined the firm, and in 1855 became director. Primary business until late 1860s was frame making, gilding and art supplies. Began regularly exhibiting in Boston in 1882. Seth's son Robert C. Vose joined in 1896, and managed the Boston gallery from 1897. After Seth's death in 1910, the Providence gallery closed, and Robert and his brother Nathaniel ran the gallery, along with their nephew W. Charles Thompson, under the name R.C. & N.M. Vose.

In 1924, the name changed to Robert C. Vose Galleries, and around the same time the Gallery took over the Carrig-Rohane framing company. In 1931-1932, Robert's sons, Robert C. Vose, J., S. Morton Vose II, and Herbert Vose, joined the firm. The name was changed to Vose Galleries of Boston, Inc., 1952.

From the description of Vose Galleries of Boston records, 1871-1993. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84170010

Art gallery; Boston, Mass.

Founded 1841 in Providence, R.I. by Ransom Hicks, and purchased by Joseph Vose in 1841. In 1850, his son Seth Morton Vose joined the firm, and in 1855 became director. Primary business until late 1860s was frame making, gilding and art supplies. Began regularly exhibiting in Boston in 1882. Seth's son Robert C. Vose joined in 1896, and managed the Boston gallery from 1897. After Seth's death in 1910, the Providence gallery closed, and Robert and his brother Nathaniel ran the gallery, along with their nephew W. Charles Thompson, under the name R.C. & N.M. Vose.

In 1924, the name changed to Robert C. Vose Galleries, and around the same time the Gallery took over the Carrig-Rohane framing company. In 1931-1932, Robert's sons, Robert C. Vose, J., S. Morton Vose II, and Herbert Vose, joined the firm. The name was changed to Vose Galleries of Boston, Inc., 1952.

From the description of Vose Galleries of Boston records, circa 1876, 1890s-1996. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 779476925

Vose Galleries is a long time family run art gallery based in the Boston, Mass. area.

In 1841, Joseph Vose purchased Westminster Art Gallery, a small Providence, Rhode Island art gallery founded by Ransom Hicks. At the age of 19 in 1850, Joseph's son Seth Morton Vose joined the gallery and five years later became director. The gallery's primary business until the late 1860s was frame making, gilding and art supplies. Seth Morton Vose had a passion for art, especially the French painters of the Barbizon School and he slowly began buying and exhibiting artwork. By 1882, the gallery regularly exhibited in Boston.

Seth's son Robert C. Vose joined the business in 1896, and managed the gallery's Boston office from 1897. Robert broadened the gallery's horizons by showing his fine stock of Barbizon, Dutch, English and American artists throughout America, while his younger brother, Nathaniel, and his cousin, Charles Thompson, handled the Boston gallery. During the next sixty-seven years, Robert C. Vose moved the gallery into a position of national prominence.

In 1924, Nathaniel left the gallery and established his own gallery in Providence. The Boston gallery's name changed to Robert C. Vose Galleries, and around the same time, took over the Carrig-Rohane framing company. In 1931-1932, Robert's three sons, Robert C. Vose, Jr., Seth Morton Vose II, and Herbert Vose, joined the firm. The gallery continued to show exhibitions in Boston, and the sons took turns joining their father on the road. The gallery's name was changed to Vose Galleries of Boston, Inc. in 1952. In 1963, Vose Galleries moved to their current location at 238 Newbury Street in Boston. Robert C. Vose passed away in 1964.

Robert C. Vose, Jr.'s sons, Abbot W. Vose and Robert C. Vose III, joined the gallery in 1968 and 1970, respectively. Robert C. Vose, Jr. passed away in 1998. The Vose Galleries of Boston continues to operate at Newbury Street under the direction of the sixth generation of the Vose family.

From the guide to the Vose Galleries of Boston records, circa 1876, 1890s-1996, (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Carrig-Rohane Shop records, 1903-1962 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Vose, S. Morton (Seth Morton), 1909-. Oral history interview with S. Morton Vose, 1986 July 24-1987 April 28 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Vose, Robert C. (Robert Churchill), 1911-1998. Robert C. Vose lecture, 1987 May 14. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Vose, Robert C. (Robert Churchill), 1911-1998. Robert C. Vose lecture, 1987 May 14. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Vose, Robert Churchill, 1873-. Robert C. Vose interview, 1961 Mar. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Various. Vose Artist Collection, 1900 - 1999. Peabody Essex Museum
creatorOf Jonniaux, Alfred, b. 1882. Alfred Jonniaux papers, 1893-1969. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Bloch, E. Maurice. E. Maurice Bloch papers, ca. 1925-1989. Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Correspondence, 1860-1979. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Martin and Harriet Diamond Vertical Files of American Art, 1915-1995 Rutgers University. Art Library.
referencedIn R.C. & N.M. Vose (Firm). Records, 1871-1982 [microform] Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Vose, S. Morton (Seth Morton), 1909-2007. Oral history interview with S. Morton Vose, 1986 July 24-1987 Apr. 28. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Bayou Bend Collection. Dealer/Collector Files, 1917-1981. Hirsch Library Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
creatorOf Vose Galleries of Boston records, circa 1876, 1890s-1996 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
creatorOf Vose Galleries of Boston. Vose Galleries of Boston records, 1871-1993. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Cunningham, Charles Crehore, 1910-1979. Curatorial Office Records of Charles Cunningham, 1973-1977. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, The Clark
creatorOf Orr, Elliot, 1904-. Elliot Orr papers, 1910-1984. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn E. Maurice Bloch papers, circa 1925-1989 Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Curatorial Office Records of the American Paintings Catalogue, 1985-1999 (bulk 1985-1990) Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, The Clark
creatorOf Brodeur, David D. Correspondence concerning Atherton Furlong, 1985. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Carrig-Rohane Shop (Boston, Mass.). Carrig-Rohane Shop records, 1903-1962. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Vose Galleries of Boston. Vose Galleries of Boston records, circa 1876, 1890s-1996. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Vose Galleries of Boston. Institutional file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
creatorOf Brooks, John H. Records of John H. Brooks, 1968-2007. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, The Clark
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associatedWith Arthur U. Newton Galleries corporateBody
associatedWith Beal, Gifford, 1879-1956. person
associatedWith Bicknell, Albion Harris, 1837-1915. person
associatedWith Bloch, E. Maurice. person
associatedWith Brodeur, David D. person
associatedWith Brooks, John H. person
associatedWith Carlsen, Emil, 1853-1932. person
associatedWith Carrig-Rohane Shop corporateBody
associatedWith Carrig-Rohane Shop (Boston, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.) corporateBody
associatedWith Cunningham, Charles Crehore, 1910-1979. person
associatedWith Diamond, Martin person
associatedWith Dougherty, Paul, 1877-1947. person
associatedWith Duveen, Joseph Duveen, Baron, 1869-1939. person
associatedWith Ehrich Galleries (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Francisco, J. Bond 1863-1931. person
associatedWith Francisco, J. Bond 1863-1931. person
associatedWith Hassam, Childe, 1859-1935. person
correspondedWith Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966 person
associatedWith Hoffman, Malvina, 1887-1966. person
associatedWith Howard Young Galleries (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Jill Newhouse (Gallery) corporateBody
associatedWith Jonniaux, Alfred, b. 1882. person
associatedWith Kirby, Thomas Ellis, 1846-1924. person
associatedWith Knoedler, Roland F., 1856-1932. person
associatedWith Ladd, Anna Coleman, 1878-1939. person
associatedWith Lie, Jonas, 1880-1940. person
associatedWith Lucioni, Luigi, 1900-1988. person
associatedWith Macbeth Gallery corporateBody
associatedWith Milch Galleries corporateBody
associatedWith M. Knoedler & Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Bayou Bend Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Norton Gallery and School of Art corporateBody
associatedWith Norton, William E., 1843-1916 person
associatedWith Orr, Elliot, 1904- person
associatedWith R.C. & N.M. Vose (Firm) corporateBody
associatedWith R.C. & N.M. Vose (Firm) corporateBody
associatedWith R.C. & N.M. Vose (Firm) corporateBody
associatedWith R.C. & N.M. Vose (Firm) corporateBody
associatedWith Robert C. Vose Galleries. corporateBody
associatedWith Sargent, John Singer, 1856-1925. person
associatedWith Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. corporateBody
associatedWith Thayer, Abbott Handerson, 1849-1921. person
associatedWith Various. person
associatedWith Vose, Robert C. 1911-1998. person
associatedWith Vose, Robert Churchill, 1873- person
associatedWith Vose, Seth Morton, 1831-1910. person
associatedWith Vose, S. Morton 1909-2007. person
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United States
United States
Rhode Island--Providence
Rhode Island--Providence
Massachusetts--Boston
Massachusetts--Boston
Subject
Artists--Photographs
Art galleries, Commercial
Picture frames and framing
Art, Modern--20th century
Art galleries, Commercial--Rhode Island--Providence
Artists--United States--Photographs
Picture frame industry--Massachusetts--Boston
Art galleries, Commercial--Massachusetts--Boston
Art, Modern--19th century--Massachusetts--Boston
Art, Modern--20th century--Massachusetts--Boston
Picture frame industry
Art, Modern--19th century
Art dealers
Art dealers--Massachusetts--Boston
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