The Williams College Museum of Art is home to the world’s largest repository of the work of the artist brothers Maurice Prendergast (1858–1924) and Charles Prendergast (1863–1948). Throughout these web pages, you can learn more about the collection itself and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the museum staff’s efforts to digitize the Prendergast collection for the purpose of increasing access to these resources. These collections, as well as their family archives, came to the museum during the years 1983 to 1995 for research and educational purposes.
Monday, July 8, 2013
Winter Drawing by André Smith
We have now finished digitizing correspondence files, which included post cards, letters, and personal documents. In addition to written notes and letters, we have also uncovered hand-made cards with drawings and poems from some of the Prendergasts’ closest friends. Some of the most interesting and amusing of these cards are from artist friends Charles Hovey Pepper and André Smith.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Postcard of Hotel de la Cote d'Or
We are now in the process of digitizing Maurice and Charles Prendergast’s correspondence, diaries, and address books. Among the recently digitized items are letters from Charles Hovey Pepper, Walter Pach, John Singer Sargent, and William Glackens and his family members as well as letters between the two brothers.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The personal photo collection of Charles and Maurice Prendergast has now been digitized and made available on our website. This collection dates back to 1877 and includes photos of the Prendergast brothers as well as their family members and friends