JAIC 1977, Volume 17, Number 1, Article 7 (pp. 53 to 69)
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JAIC 1977, Volume 17, Number 1, Article 7 (pp. 53 to 69)

CHECKLIST OF BOSTON RETAILERS IN ARTIST'S MATERIALS: 1823–1887

Norman E. Muller



2 CHECKLIST

  • J. (JOHN) J. ADAMS1835–1838 15 Exchange St.1839 7 Water St.1840–1845 72 Washington St.1846–1857 99 Washington St. (Figs. 1a, 1b, 2)Adams originally retailed brushes (1835–1842), and later specialized in artist's supplies (1843–1857). His business was bought by Charles and William M. Vaughan in 1858 and they ceased to carry artist's materials.
  • T. (THOMAS) A. ARMS1857; 1860–1861; 1866 270 Washington St.Arms was listed as a gilder and framemaker at this address in 1858.
  • A. BEISSBARTH1879 30 Bennington1880 80 MeridianBrush manufacturer.
  • BRAINARD, BAKER & BURGESS1871 22 Broad St.Artist's supplies.
  • C. T. CLARK1854–1855 61 HanoverArtist's supplies.
  • N. D. (DAVIES) COTTON1844–1852 13 Tremont Row1853–1856 7 Tremont Row (Fig. 3)1857–1858 272 Washington St.Stationer, 1844–1852; Artist's supplies, 1853–1858. From 1837–1839 Cotton was in partnership with Mr. Barnard at 184 Washington St., selling books and stationery. The following year Cotton and J. S. Levely operated a stationery and art supply shop at 13 Tremont St.
  • CROWELL BROS. & CO.1869–1870 92 Sudbury St.Artist's supplies.
  • S. (STEPHEN) A. DIX1821 1 Union St.1822–1823 48 State St.1827–1831 112 State St.Paint dealer.
  • G. H. DREW1855–1856 270 Washington St.1858–1859 18 CourtArtist's supplies. In 1857 Drew was a print dealer at 18 Court.
  • CHARLES J. EDMANDS1883 4 Bromfield St.1884–1894 12 Bromfield St. (Fig. 4)4 Occurrences: 1. C. Drew, Bark Soudding, dated 1887. Fabric pre-primed. P.M. 2. C. Drew, Eastern Point Light, dated 1888. Fabric pre-primed. P.M.Artist's supplies
  • G. F. EMMONS1884–1885 767 Washington St.Artist's supplies.
  • FROST & ADAMS1869–1880 33 and 35 Cornhill (Figs. 5 and 6)1881–1919 37 Cornhill5 Stencil Size: 12.9 cm (5–1/16″); Color of Ink: Black; Occurrences: 1. Anon, Landscape. Private collection. Stencil centered. 2. T. H. Hinckley, signed 1878. Vose Gallery, Boston.6 Occurrences: 1. C. Drew, Boon Island Lighthouse, dated 1872. P.M. 2. F. Shaw, dated 1876. Vose Gallery, Boston.Artist's supplies. Frost & Adams acquired the business of M. J. Whipple in 1869 and operated from the same location.
  • GARDNER & CHANDLER1882 1321 Washington St.Artist's supplies.
  • HENRY H. GREEN1880–1882 938 Washington St.Artist's supplies.
  • MRS. F. C. GRIFFITH1886 144A Tremont St.1887 25 Winter St.Artist's supplies.
  • F. C. HASTINGS1869–1886 54 Cornhill. Business at same address from 1887.Artist's supplies.
  • A. K. M. HEATH1886 2387 Washington St.Artist's supplies.
  • LAMBERT HOLLIS1869 46 Temple PlaceArtist's supplies.(CHARLES) HOLLIS & CO. (WHEELER)1842–1849 59 Union St. (Fig. 7)7 Stencil Size: 13.1 cm (5–1/8″); Color of Ink: Black; Occurrences: 1. J. Harvey Young, Eliza Maria and Lucretia Hawes Symonds, dated 1847, E.I. Fabric pre-primed. Stencil located in corner on angle. 2. Anon, Washington L. Deland, E.I. Fabric pre-primed. Stencil in corner on angle. 3. E. H. Rogers, John Rogers, dated 1847, E.I. Stencil in corner on angle. 4. Wm Marsh, Brig Mary Pauline, dated 1843, P.M.Artist's supplies. The firm was called “Hollis & Wheeler” from 1843–1849.
  • FREDERIC G. KIMBALL1881 82 Water St.Artist's supplies.
  • A. (APOLLOS) MORRIS1835–1836 112 State St.1838–1842 Same address1843 11 Union St.1844–1848 28 Exchange St. (Figs. 8 and 9)Artist's supplies. Morris in partnership with Dix at 112 State St. from 1833–1834; and with W. G. Ladd at the same address in 1837.
  • C. (CHARLES) A. MORRIS1847–1848 28 Exchange St. (Read 31 Exchange St.?) (Figs. 10 and 11).1849 17 Exchange St. (Fig. 12)1850–1851 51 SuffolkArtist's supplies.
  • F. W. PERKINS1881–1882 1695 Washington St.Artist's supplies.
  • FRANK J. POPE1887–127 Tremont St.Artist's supplies.
  • JOHN POPE1856 6 Winter St.1857 16 Summer St.Artist's supplies.
  • E. E. REED1885 200 SouthArtist's supplies.
  • JAMES SCALES1884 44 Bromfield St.Artist's supplies.
  • S. SEVERY1885–1886 534 Tremont St.Artist's supplies.
  • EBEN SMITH1883–1884 182 LincolnArtist's supplies.
  • L. R. SPRINGER1868–1874 351 Washington St.Artist's supplies.
  • O. (OLIVER) STEARNS1842 5-1/2 Tremont Row (Fig. 13)1843–1844 7 W. Centre1845 27 School St.1846 91 Washington St. (See Fig. 2)1848 26 Bromfield St.1849–1850 9 Amory Hall (Fig. 16)13 Occurrences: Anon, Portrait of Captain Timothy Lewis, location unknown. Stencil centered.16 Occurrences: Data unknown. Photograph courtesy Carroll Wales, Boston.14 Stencil Size: 8.9 cm (3–1/2″); Color of Ink: Red; Occurrences: Clement Drew, Unidentified Ship, P.M.15 Stencil Size: 8.1 cm (3–13/16″); Color of Ink: Black; Occurrences; 1. Francis Alexander, Zachary Taylor, dated 1848, E.I. Stencil placed in corner. 2. Clement Drew, Brig Vintage (built 1837), P.M. Stencil placed in corner. Originally this stencil thought to be different because of its slightly smaller size (8.5 cm (3–5/16″)), but seems to be simply a poor impression of Fig. 15.Artist's supplies.
  • S. VINTON STILLINGS1883–1884 54 Bromfield St.Artist's supplies.
  • CHARLES STIMPSON JR.1823 80 State St.1829 72 Washington St.Stationer. Also retailed watercolors and brushes.
  • STIMPSON (CHARLES) & CLAPP1832 72 Washington St.Stationers and Booksellers.
  • STIMPSON (CHARLES) & HUNT1827–1828 8 Court St.Booksellers
  • WILLIAM C. STIMPSON1829–1831 3–4 Fanueil HallDrugs and Paints.
  • T. (TILLY) & T. B. BRIGHAM1834 8 Ann St.Paint Retailer.
  • J. E. TILTON & CO.1860 161 Washington St.Artist's supplies and Booksellers.
  • M. B. TOBEY1869 28 Temple PlaceArtist's supplies.
  • UNION MFG. CO.1885–1886 72 Franklin St.Artist's supplies.
  • WADS WORTH BROS. & HOWLAND1877–1880 76 Washington St.1881 46 Friend St.1882–1893 84 Washington & 46 Friend (Fig. 18).
  • A. A. WALKER1867–1870 322 Washington St.1871–1876 127 Tremont1877–1880 594 Washington St.1881– 538 Washington St.18 Stencil Size: 4.0 cm (1–9/16″); Color of Ink: Black; Occurrences: A. Chapman, Seascape, dated 1893, Private collection. Stencil centered.17 Stencil Size: 4.3 cm (1–11/16″); Color of Ink: Black; Occurrences: 1. Stubbs, Ship Zingara (built 1856), fabric pre-primed. P.M. 2. Stubbs, Unknown Subject, Vose Gallery, Boston.Artist's supplies.
  • WATERMAN & CO.1877 535 Washington St.1878 533 & 535 Washington St.1879 535 Washington St.Artist's supplies.
  • A. (ASAHEL) WHEELER1850–1851 59 Union St.1852–1858 73 Union St. (same address as above; renumbered in 1852)1859–1860 61 & 63 Union St.1862–1863 41 Water St.1864–1872 67 Water St.1877 141 Milk St.1878–1880 145 Milk St.1884– 145 Milk St.Artist's supplies.
  • M. J. WHIPPLE1846 7 Water St.1848–1868 35 Cornhill (Fig. 19)19 Stencil Size: 9.3 cm (3–11/16″); Color of Ink: Blue (see occurrence #1); black otherwise. Occurrences: 1. J. W. A. Scott, Landscape, dated 1862, private collection. 2. C. Harding, Mrs. Mary Dugan, dated 1848. Fabric pre-primed. E.I. 3. C. Harding, James Bayley, undated. Fabric pre-primed. Stencil located in corner. E.I. 4. Charles Osgood, Mrs. Abigail Devraux Waters, dated 1853. Fabric pre-primed. E.I. 5. Charles Osgood, Thomas Cole, undated. Fabric pre-primed. Stencil located in corner. E.I. 6. Thomas H. Hinckley, Rotherham, Yorkshire, England, M.F.A.Stationer and bookseller, 1846–1849; artist's supplies, 1850–1868.
  • J. C. WHITE1886 10 Bromfield St.Artist's supplies.
  • J. W. WIGGIN1881–1884 11 ChardinArtist's supplies.
  • J. A. WRIGHT1880 535 Washington St.Artist's supplies.
  • HERMAN F. ZAHM1859 270 Washington St.1860 284 Washington St.Stationer and artist's supplies.


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