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Bertha Fanning Taylor Papers


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Bertha Fanning Taylor Papers, 1935-1990, undated | Sargeant Memorial Collection

By Sarah Osorio

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Collection Overview

Title: Bertha Fanning Taylor Papers, 1935-1990, undatedAdd to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1960s-1970s

ID: 001/01/MSS 0000-043

Primary Creator: Taylor, Bertha Fanning, 1883 or 1888-1980

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged by record type in chronological order.

Date Acquired: 09/20/1979

Subjects: Art, Art--Study and teaching, Norfolk (Va.), Women--History--United States, Women--Socialization

Forms of Material: Biographies (documents), Clippings (information artifacts), Correspondence, Diaries, Invitations, Lists (document genres), Manuscripts, Notes, Photocopies, Portraits, Printed ephemera, Programs, Sketches, Works of art

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Includes 1970s drafts of Bertha Fanning Taylor's unpublished manuscript "Building Anew at Sixty Years in a Southern City," journals/diaries from 1968-1970, clippings and biographical materials relating to Bertha Fanning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.

Biographical Note

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.

Subject/Index Terms

Art--Study and teaching
Norfolk (Va.)
Women--History--United States

Administrative Information

Repository: Sargeant Memorial Collection

Access Restrictions: This collection is open to all researchers.

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 Source: Bertha Fanning Taylor donated the unpublished manuscript

Related Materials:

Bertha Fanning Taylor Papers: https://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/bertha-fanning-taylor-papers-8522

Bertha Fanning Taylor Papers: https://lib.odu.edu/archon/?p=collections/controlcard&id=49

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.

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

Processing Information: Processed May 15, 2018.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1],
[Box 2],

Box 2Add to your cart.
Folders 7-9 are oversized and housed separately.
Folder 1: Printed Materials, 1950s-1970sAdd to your cart.
Includes a list "Graphic Work of Bertha Fanning Taylor" identifying 107 unique items, invitations, programs, and a photocopy of the book cover of Taylor's work Form and Feeling in Painting.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1974, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Preliminary Bibliography on Bertha Fanning Taylor by C. W. Tazewell, 1988 June 18Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Clippings, 1956-circa 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Miscellaneous handwritten notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Artwork, 1935-1937, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Artwork, Sant'Ambrogio Milan, 1935Add to your cart.
Possibly watercolor and ink.
Item 2: Ink sketch, Hippopotamuses, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Artwork, View in Florence, Italy of Ponte Vecchio, 1937Add to your cart.
Possibly watercolor and ink.
Folder 7: Artwork, Porche de la Cathédrale de Saint-Pierre à Montpellier, undatedAdd to your cart.
Lithographic print.
Folder 8: Artwork, Portrait, 1973Add to your cart.
Portrait of a middle-aged woman.
Folder 9: Artwork, Portrait, undatedAdd to your cart.
Portrait of a middle-aged woman.

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Norfolk Public Library
Slover Library
235 Plume Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
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