Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of material compiled by art critic, curator and collector Christian Brinton that pertains to two contemporary artists, namely the Spanish painter Ignacio Zuloaga and the Russian sculptor Prince Paul Troubetzkoy. Files pertaining to Zuloaga, which make up the first series, comprise the bulk of the collection. Correspondence, 1904-1922, from the artist to Brinton is fairly extensive, and most is written in French. In his letters Zuloaga discusses paintings, exhibitions, views on art, and social activities. There are also clippings about the artist and many photographs of his works, including those used in the 1916-17 exhibition, the catalogue to which Brinton contributed. The series also contains some of Brinton's notes and draft writings about Zuloaga, as well as published writings by Brinton and others. There are a few exhibition catalogues and checklists and correspondence from several members of the artist's family. The second series pertains to Prince Paul Troubetzkoy, whose sculpture Brinton examined in 1911 and 1916 exhibition catalogues. Material consists primarily of Brinton's research notes and photographs and prints of the artist's objects, as well as reference files of newsclippings and other journal writings about Troubetzkoy. There are also a few items documenting a $500 loan the artist received in 1916 from the Philadelphia financial institution, Rittenhouse Trust Company. For collateral, Troubetzkoy put up two of his bronze figures.