David Ives Bushnell collection of Canadiana [graphic material, textual record]

  • Record Information – Brief
    Hierarchical level:
    [1796-ca. 1930].
    Type of material:
    Art, Photographs, Textual material
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    Archives / Collections and Fonds
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      David Ives Bushnell collection of Canadiana
  • Collection includes:
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    [1796-ca. 1930].
    Place of creation:
    United States
    43 watercolours watercolours over pencil, watercolours over pen and ink, watercolours over pencil with scraping out.
    37 drawings pencil, grey wash, chalk.
    25 photographs b&w.
    2 paintings oil.
    2.1 cm of textual records.
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    Scope and content:
    Collection consists of nine drawings and six watercolours by Thomas Mower Martin (1838-1934); six drawings by George Gibbs (1815-1873); nine watercolours and one oil painting by Paul Kane (1815-1872); six watercolours by Peter Rindisbacher (1806-1834); seven watercolours by William Armstrong (1822-1914); six watercolours by George Back (1796-1878); seventeen watercolours by Emile de Girardin (1829-fllg. 1864); as well as twelve watercolour, two drawings and one painting by various and unknown artists. The collection contains a diary of a fishing trip to Hunter Island, Ontario, in September, 1899, including text and 24 cyanotypes, along with one photographic portrait. Also in the collection is a letter dated 17 July 1919, to Bushnell from the dealer John Loomis, enclosing a letter dated 25 July 1860, from the Canadian artist Cornelius Krieghoff to the American traveller, sportsman, artist and author Charles Lanman (1819-1895). The works were acquired as part of Bushnell's interest in Native American history and life.
    Biography/Administrative history:
    Bushnell, David Ives, 1875-1941: David Ives Bushnell was an independently wealthy American anthropologist, who spent his life studying and writing about the North American Indian. During the course of his career, he acquired a large collection of works of art, documenting the history and life of American aborigines, which was given to the Peabody Museum after his death. NA files
    Finding aid:
    (No finding aid)

    Additional information:
    General Note:
    Acquired in 1981 and 1987 from the Peabody Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge.
    Subject heading:
    Other system control no.:
    Related control no.:
    1981-055 PIC
    1985-242 NPC
    1987-073 PIC
    1987/0387 MSS
    Former archival reference no.:
  • Conditions of access:
    Terms of use:
    Works of art: No restrictions. Copyright expired. Credit the National Archives of Canada. Additional credit line required: David J. Bushnell Collection of Canadiana.
    Photographs: No restrictions. Copyright expired. Credit: National Archives of Canada.
    Textual records: The original Krieghoff letter has been withdrawn from circulation and researchers are asked to consult the photocopy in volume 1.

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