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Author: Washington Allston
Edition/Format:   Archival material : Microfilm : English
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This collection contains one annotated book, one roll of microfilmed letters, and a microfilmed poem and story. The book, entitled Monaldi, was written by Allston and given by him to James McMurtrie of Philadelphia. Allston included two sketches for McMurtrie in the book, which are found in the frontispiece. One sketch, of a man and a woman, was "suggested by a vein in my [Allston's] marble chimney-piece." The
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Genre/Form: Letters
Poems
Named Person: James McMurtrie, Jr.; James McMurtrie; Horatio Greenough; Horatio Greenough
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Washington Allston
OCLC Number: 122397597
Notes: Items are in good condition.
Reproduction Notes: Microfilm. Cambridge, MA : Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1962. 2 microfilm reels : negative ; 35 mm.
Description: 2 microfilm reels + 1 folder.

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This collection contains one annotated book, one roll of microfilmed letters, and a microfilmed poem and story. The book, entitled Monaldi, was written by Allston and given by him to James McMurtrie of Philadelphia. Allston included two sketches for McMurtrie in the book, which are found in the frontispiece. One sketch, of a man and a woman, was "suggested by a vein in my [Allston's] marble chimney-piece." The other sketch is entitled "Silenus and Fauns." Two letters dating 1842, from Allston to McMurtrie, have been tipped in (photocopies of letters available with collection). The first letter found, dated Sept. 13, 1842, explains the sketches. The second letter, dated Juen 23, 1842, is found at the end of the novel and the beginning of the extra pages bound at the end. In the letter, Allston explains why he does not have a nice sketch to send to McMurtrie in exchange for the one by West which McMurtrie had sent to him. Allston also had to decline a painting commission because he was too busy with other commissions. In both letters, Allston mentions other artists as well. Those extra pages contain an article on Allston by Mrs. Jameson and an obituary of Allston written by W. C. Book pages contain some annotations.

As well, the collection contains a letter from Allston to Gulian Verplanck of New York, introducing Jane Stuart, the daughter of Gilbert Stuart. In the letter, Allston also mentions Morse, presumably S. F. B. Morse. Also in the collection is a photocopy of an ad about an exhibition of one of Allston's paintings, of the dead man restored to life by touching the bones of the prophet Elisha, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

On microfilm are found letters to and from James McMurtrie and Washington Allston (and there are supposed to be some by Horatio Greenough as well), accompanied by Allston’s notes on philosophical subjects. On another reel are a poem, beginning “Once on a time,” and a fable, “The Gambler.” (The originals of these materials are in the Dana Collection at the Massachusetts Historical Society.)

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