Collection Summary

Title:Daniel M. Williams Biographical Collection of George Grey Barnard

Date:1863-1969, n.d.

Creator(s):Williams, Daniel M.

Extent:8.5 linear feet


Repository:Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Abstract:This collection documents the tireless efforts of journalist Daniel M. Williams to refine and publish a biography of the American sculptor and collector George Grey Barnard. While the project never came to fruition, the collection represents approximately 30 years of Williams's accumulated research and writings, and consists of correspondence, including some of Barnard's personal letters to his family, as well as clippings, ephemera and photographs regarding the artist's life and career as a sculptor and important collector of Medieval art and architecture. Works by Barnard documented here include his celebrated commissions, such as the monumental figural group for the Pennsylvania Capitol at Harrisburg, as well as his controversial depictions of Abraham Lincoln and the god Pan. References to Barnard's excursions to the French countryside in search of artifacts include his sale to John D. Rockefeller, Jr. of more than 600 pieces, which would collectively be housed and referred to as the Cloisters, the renowned branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The collection also includes Williams's working notes, numerous drafts and portions of typescript edited and annotated not only by the author, but also by the artist and his son, Monroe Barnard.