Moore, Charles Herbert, 1840-1930

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Moore taught at Harvard, 1871-1909, and was the director of the Fogg Art Museum, 1896-1909.

From the description of Composition : concerning painting : manuscript, undated. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612867010

From the description of Romanesque architecture : manuscript, undated. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612867050

Artist, professor, architectural historian and first Director of Harvard's Fogg Art Museum, Charles Herbert Moore was born on April 10, 1840 to Charles and Jane Maria Moore. He grew up in New York City and began a career as a landscape painter in the 1950s. Beginning in 1959, Moore spent summers painting in the Catskill Mountains, where he moved permanently in 1862.

In 1871, Moore moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to teach freehand drawing and watercolor at Harvard's Lawrence Scientific School. In 1874, he was appointed instructor in drawing and the principles of design in Harvard College's emerging Fine Arts program. In 1876, Moore began a two year leave of absence in Europe, where he studied under John Ruskin. He returned to Harvard in 1878 and resumed teaching. Moore's wife passed away in 1880 and he remarried, to Elizabeth Fisk Hewins, the following year.

Harvard awarded Moore an honorary A.M. degree and promoted him to Assistant Professor of Fine Arts in 1891. In 1895 he was named curator of the new Fogg Museum. The following year he became a full professor and was selected as the museum's first director, a position he held until his retirement in 1909. During his tenure, Moore focused on building the partnership between the Fogg Museum and the Harvard Fine Arts department that continues to the present. In addition to teaching and museum work, Moore wrote and published several books, including a seminal work on Gothic architecture. After his retirement from the Fogg Museum, he moved to Hartley Wintney, England, where he lived until his death on February 15, 1930.

From the description of Papers, 1894-1910. (Harvard University Art Museum). WorldCat record id: 424592517

Artist, professor, architectural historian and first Director of Harvard's Fogg Art Museum, Charles Herbert Moore was born on April 10, 1840 to Charles and Jane Maria Moore. He grew up in New York City, where he attended public schools. Moore never attended college. He began a career as a landscape painter in the 1850s, having studied at the Thirteenth Street School in New York and in private lessons with painter Benjamin H. Coe. Beginning in 1859, Moore spent summers painting in the Catskill Mountains, where he moved permanently in 1862. Moore helped found the American Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a group which proclaimed itself the "Society for the Advancement of Truth in Art." Moore married Mary Jane Tomlinson in 1865 and exhibited his paintings frequently throughout the 1860s.

In 1871 Moore moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to teach freehand drawing and watercolor at Harvard's Lawrence Scientific School . He was recommended for this position by friend and mentor Charles Eliot Norton, and in 1874 Norton selected Moore as an instructor in drawing and the principles of design in Harvard College's emerging Fine Arts program. In 1876 Moore began a two-year leave of absence in Europe, where he studied under John Ruskin and further prepared himself for his teaching responsibilities. He returned to Harvard in 1878 and began teaching a course called "Principles of Design in Painting, Sculpture and Architecture," offered as Fine Arts 1, in addition to courses in drawing and art history. Moore's wife passed away in 1880 and he remarried, to Elizabeth Fisk Hewins, the following year.

Harvard awarded Moore an honorary A.M. degree and promoted him to Assistant Professor of Fine Arts in 1891. In 1895 he was named curator of the new Fogg Museum. The following year he became a full professor and was selected as the museum's first director, a position he held until his retirement in 1909. During his tenure at the Fogg, Moore focused on building the partnership between the Fogg Museum and the Harvard Fine Arts department that continues to the present; he also encouraged close and direct observation of objects as integral to the study of art and art history. Although the Fogg Museum's early collections largely consisted of plaster casts and photographs of original works, Moore encouraged the development of a collection of original works, including so-called masterpieces, at the Fogg. He also encouraged gifts and loans of original works of art to the museum. The transfer of the Francis Calley Gray and the John Witt Randall collections of prints and engravings to the Fogg in the 1890s provided a stepping stone for the expansion and refinement of the collections that would come under subsequent directors.

In addition to his teaching and museum work, Moore wrote and published several books. His first book, Facsimiles or Examples in Delineation Selected from the Masters for the Use of the Student in Drawing, was published in 1882. The Development and Character of Gothic Architecture, his most renowned book, was first published in 1890, and Moore published another volume of architectural history, The Character of Renaissance Architecture, in 1905. After his retirement from the Fogg, Moore moved to Hartley Wintney in Hampshire, England, where he finished The Medieval Church Architecture of England, published in 1912.

Moore lived in Hartley Wintney until his death on February 15, 1930.

From the guide to the Papers, 1894-1910, (Harvard Art Museum Archives, Harvard University.)

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referencedIn Dana, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1881-1950. Notes in Fine Arts 1 : lectures by Professor Moore, 1899-1900. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Land documents, various. State Archive of Michigan
creatorOf D.H. Burnham & Co. Records, ca. 1891-1912. Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Forbes, Edward Waldo, 1873-1969. Papers, 1867-2005. Harvard University Art Museum
referencedIn Fogg Art Museum. Archives of the Fogg Art Museum, 1895-1985 (inclusive). Harvard University Art Museum
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Harvard University. Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Committee to Present Picture to Fogg in Memory of C.H. Moore. Notice from the Committee to Present Picture to Fogg in Memory of C. H. Moore, 1909 April 4. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Papers, 1894-1910 Harvard Art Museums. Archives
referencedIn Dana, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1881-1950. Notes in Fine Arts 4 : lectures by Professor Moore, 1900-1901. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Avery, Samuel Putnam, 1822-1904. Samuel Putnam Avery papers, 1857-1902. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Moore, Charles Herbert, 1840-1930. Papers, 1894-1910. Harvard University Art Museum
referencedIn Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965. Papers, 1903-2005. Harvard University Art Museum
referencedIn Norton family. Letters received by the Norton family, 1830-1920 Houghton Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library
creatorOf Moore, Charles Herbert, 1840-1930. Composition : concerning painting : manuscript, undated. Houghton Library
referencedIn Scudder, Horace Elisha, 1838-1902. Correspondence, 1864-1906 Houghton Library
creatorOf Moore, Charles Herbert, 1840-1930. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
creatorOf Moore, Charles Herbert, 1840-1930. Autograph letter signed : Cambridge, Mass., to George Allen, 1905 Mar. 11. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965. Papers, 1903-2005 Harvard Art Museums. Archives
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Moore, Charles H. Papers. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
creatorOf Moore, Charles Herbert, 1840-1930. Romanesque architecture : manuscript, undated. Houghton Library
referencedIn Norton, Charles Eliot, 1827-1908. Papers, ca.1845-1908 Houghton Library
referencedIn Thayer, William Roscoe, 1859-1923. Papers, 1762-1927 (bulk 1872-1921) Houghton Library
referencedIn Elizabeth Gaskell Norton and Sara Norton papers, 1867-1948 (inclusive), 1880-1946 (bulk). Houghton Library
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Massachusetts--Cambridge
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Art--Study and teaching
Painting, Medieval
Art and photography
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Plaster casts
African Americans
Painting--Technique--History
Chiaroscuro
Painting--Technique
Art museums--Administration
Painting, Ancient
Cholera
Pre--Raphaelitism
Architecture, Romanesque
Commercial photography
Tariff--Law and legislation
Customs administration
Painting, Venetian
Landscape painting--History
College art museums
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Death 1930

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