Bertha Fanning Taylor Papers, 1935-1990, undated
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Brief Description: Includes 1970s drafts of Bertha Fanning Taylor's unpublished manuscript "Building Anew at Sixty Years in a Southern City," journals/diaries from 1968-1970, clippings and biographical materials relating to Bertha Fanning Taylor, artwork, and various miscellaneous materials.
Held at:
Sargeant Memorial Collection
Slover Library
235 East Plume Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: 7574317429
Email: localhistory [at]
Record Series Number: 001/01/MSS 0000-043
Created by: Taylor, Bertha Fanning, 1883 or 1888-1980
Volume: 2.0 Boxes
Acquired: 09/20/1979.
Arrangement: Arranged by record type in chronological order.
Biographical Note for Taylor, Bertha Fanning, 1883 or 1888-1980 :

Bertha Fanning Taylor was born on July 30, 1883 in New York City, New York. She married Norman Taylor on June 2, 1908 in Westchester, New York and later divorced him in 1928. Taylor was an artist and art historian. She moved to France in 1924 and attended Ecole des Beaux Arts in Montpellier and later Sorbonne. Taylor was a member of the Lecture Staff of The Louvre from 1929-1939. She was also an art critic for the Paris edition of the New York Herald-Tribune and later for The Virginian-Pilot.

In 1945, Taylor moved to Norfolk, Virginia and helped run the Hermitage Museum. She also became an art instructor at the Norfolk Division, College of William and Mary. From 1950-1960, she instructed adult painting at the Norfolk Museum. Taylor published two books: Form and Feeling in Painting in 1959 and My 15 Years in France in 1968. She died on July 3, 1980 in Norfolk, Virginia and was buried at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, New York.

Access Restrictions: This collection is open to all researchers.
Subject Index
Art--Study and teaching
Norfolk (Va.)
Women--History--United States
Genres/Forms of Material
Biographies (documents)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Lists (document genres)
Printed ephemera
Works of art
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: The status of copyright for these materials is governed by Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U. S. C.). Copyright restrictions may apply.
Acquisition Notes: Bertha Fanning Taylor donated the unpublished manuscript
Related Materials:

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Related Publications:

Taylor, Bertha Fanning. Form and Feeling in Painting. New York: Pageant Press, Inc., 1959.

Taylor, Bertha Fanning. My 15 Years in France. New York: Carlton Press, Inc., 1968.

PreferredCitation: Bertha Fanning Taylor Papers, MSS 0000-043, Sargeant Memorial Collection, Norfolk Public Library, Norfolk, Virginia.