Charles Henry Hart letters to McClure's Magazine [manuscript], 1896 Mar 13 and Apr 1.


Hart, Charles Henry, 1847-1918. Charles Henry Hart letters to McClure's Magazine [manuscript], 1896 Mar 13 and Apr 1.

Charles Henry Hart letters to McClure's Magazine [manuscript], 1896 Mar 13 and Apr 1.

1896 Mar 13. To Editors of McClure's Magazine. Hart suggests a series of articles to add to the magazine's "Human Documents," which he is sure will not only be popular, but will also draw the attention of students of American history and collectors of Americana. He proposes the reproduction of portraits of important characters in American history, with brief information on the history of each portrait, its whereabouts and the artist. He lists all of the advantages of reproducing the portraits directly from the canvas, and remarks how interesting it would be to see grouped together all of the portraits of all of the Presidents. If the prospect is appealing he will call. Letter is written on the back of a circular of the Committee on Retrospective Art of the World's Columbian Exposition. 1896 Apr 1. To J. S. Phillips, Esq., McClure's Magazine. Hart thanks Phillips for his note of the 26th and sends him a tentative list of names for his consideration, which can be added to, altered or amended. He says that the great advantage in a series of this character that it could be stopped at any moment or it could be kept up "for evermore" and the supply would not equal the demand. He sends a list of 25 names on the other side, "mainly to set the ball in motion."

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Phillips, John S. (John Sanburn), 1861-1949 (person)

Hart, Charles Henry, 1847-1918 (person)

Charles Henry Hart was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1847, to Julia Leavey and Samuel Hart. He practiced law for a time, but then decided to devote himself to his interest in American art. He became a noted authority on portraiture, especially the works of Gilbert Stuart. Hart delighted in being able to expose fraudulent attributions. Hart was a noted author, penning a number of books and articles about art. He served as a director for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1882...