John Neagle papers and related items
This collection of John Neagle's papers and related items spans almost a century, though most of the material dates from the 1820s to the 1860s. Though small in size at seven volumes and one box, the collection covers Neagle's work and experimentations as an artist and his personal accoun...
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1.2 Linear feet 1 box, 7 volumes
This collection of John Neagle's papers and related items spans almost a century, though most of the material dates from the 1820s to the 1860s. Though small in size at seven volumes and one box, the collection covers Neagle's work and experimentations as an artist and his personal accounts. Materials in the collection are arranged in rough chronological order.
Despite the overall lack of Neagle's personal correspondence or family material in the collection, some information about Neagle's personal life can be gleaned from his professional diary or blotter (Volume 4). The diary covers the period from 1825 to 1852 and Neagle began it just after he returned to Philadelphia from Boston. Throughout the volume, Neagle discussed his work and contacts with other artists. On 15 February 1833 he wrote of one "Mr. Welmore, engraver, [who] borrowed my portrait of Mr. Maffitt for the purpose of engraving from it." Neagle also frequently discussed personal events. "Begun to purchase furniture preparatory to Housekeeping," he wrote on 3 September 1826,"knowing that I should get no-thing with my wife as a marriage portion, + this I knew long before I was engaged." (Box 1, Folder 2). On 10 February 1832, Neagle noted that his son "Garrett is cutting teeth again. Dr. Dewer(?) lanced his gums. I believe both he and Sarah [his daughter] are getting the measles." (Volume 4). Please note that loose pages from the blotter have been placed in Box 1, Folder 2, and copies of pages from the blotter that are owned by the American Philosophical Society are in Box 1, Folder 3.
Other volumes in the collection include Neagle's student notebook (Volume 3), lists of items loaned to other artists, which demonstrates Neagle's many associations within the American artistic community (Volume 5), his personal cashbook (Volume 6), two scrapbooks of clippings collected and annotated by Neagle (Volumes 1-2), and a scrapbook assembled by a later family member that contains mostly obituaries and articles on members of the Neagle, Sully, Rawlins, and Darley families.
This collection also contains thirteen cased photographs of Neagle family members (Box 1). These items have been digitized and links have been provided below to the records in HSP's Digital Library.
John Neagle (1796-1865) worked mostly as a portrait painter during the first half of the nineteenth century. Born in Boston, he worked primarily out of Philadelphia and studied under Thomas Sully. This collection of his papers and related items consists mostly of volumes and cased photographs. Among the collection items are his student notebook, personal blotter, listing of loaned items, and scrapbooks. There are also thirteen daguerreotypes and an assortment of miscellaneous engravings.