We are in the process of digitizing Maurice and Charles Prendergast’s correspondence, diaries, and address books. Among the recently photographed 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. These letters give us more insight into the Prendergasts’ circle of friends, their thoughts on art, and the time period in which they lived.
One letter that stood out was from Edith Dimock Glackens that was dated April 4, 1942. In it she discusses her concern for the safety of some of the paintings and panels by Charles that she has at her New York residence. Her concern stems not only from her inability to properly care for the art work, but also from her fear that bombs may be dropped in New York. “Surely, bombs won’t be dropped in Westport,” she writes. “I fancy, if things begin falling, that we shall be evacuated from these brick houses, so must get the most priceless things in the safest place I can think of.”
In addition to letters of correspondence we also have diaries that Charles kept during his trips to France in which he describes his day to day activities as well as his perceptions about the various cities that he visited. The address books include not only the contact information of friends and family, but also several sketches. This sketch was found inside an address book that belonged to Maurice during the latter years of his life.
Stay tuned as we continue to unveil personal correspondence and journal entries of the Prendergast brothers and uncover more details about their lives and their closest friends.