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Isaac C. Bates Scrapbook

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The scrapbook of Isaac Comstock Bates, 1877-1887, contains letters from artists and dealers about the purchase of paintings and engravings. Bates was primarily interested in purchasing small pictures as is specified in these letters. Noted artist and artwork include: Sanford Gifford, “Coming Storm,” and “Sunset Marine,” Jervis McEntee, “Autumn in Vermont,” William H. Hart, “Head of Blonde Beauty,” Gustave Courbet “Landscape,” Samuel Coleman, “Lincoln Cathedral, England,” Alexander H. Wyant, “Evening,” and “A Landscape,” Charles Miller, “Autumn Afternoon,” “Sweet Autumn,” and “Early Spring,” William Morris Hunt, “Small Landscape,” James D. Smillie, “Up the Hill,” “Old Cedars,” Cedar Meadow,” and “Old Mill.”

The collection includes one photograph and two booklets. The undated photograph shows what appears to be an exhibition or display of prints in an unidentified room. The two pamphlets are both reprints of magazine articles: Charles Sumner, "The Best Portraits in Engraving, 4th ed." NY: Frederick Keppel, 1875 and Frederick Keppel, "The Golden Age of Engraving: An Introductory Essay on the Old Engravers," NY: Frederick Keppel, 1878. The Keppel pamphlet includes the cover notation "Isaac C. Bates, Esq. with F. Keppel's respects Oct. 29, 1878."