Wyatt Eaton fonds
- 1878-1911 (Creation)
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16 cm of textual records (2 volumes)
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Charles Wyatt Eaton (1849-1896) was a Canadian painter, illustrator, author and teacher who spent much of his life in the United States. Born in Philipsburg, Canada East (now Quebec), he left to study in New York at the National Academy of Design around 1867 and subsequently (1872) in France at the École des beaux-arts in Paris. There, he was influenced by Jean-François Millet and the Barbizon painters. Returning to Philipsburg in 1876, Eaton began painting portraits locally and in Montreal. From 1877 to 1882 he taught drawing and portraiture at the Cooper Union in New York and helped found the Society of American Artists, of which he was president in 1883. He married Charlotte Collins of New York in 1887. During and after this period he produced portraits of American authors and poets (notably pen-and-ink drawings for Century Magazine) and prominent Canadians along with well-received genre pictures of the Quebec countryside in the manner of Millet. In 1895 he went to Italy to recover from illness and surgery. He returned to the United States the following year and died in Newport or Middletown, Rhode Island. He is buried in Philipsburg.
The material forming the Wyatt Eaton fonds was donated by Charlotte Eaton and Edmund Morris in 1911. A letter dated 3rd April 1911 from the president of the Art Museum of Toronto to Charlotte Eaton acknowledging the gift may be found on p. 47 of Volume 1 of this fonds.
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AGO credit line: Gift of Charlotte Eaton and Edmund Morris, 1911
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Fonds consists of scrapbooks assembled by Canadian artist and author Edmund Morris (1871-1913) of autograph manuscripts of Wyatt Eaton, chiefly on art (especially Italian Renaissance art), and literature. Also included are correspondence of Edmund Morris, Charlotte Eaton and others regarding Wyatt Eaton, and material related to the Society of American Artists.
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Open. Access to Special Collections is by appointment. Please contact the reference desk for more information.
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Physical condition: Pages of scrapbooks are warped and brittle.
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Description prepared 2004.
Description and finding aid prepared by Gary Fitzgibbon.