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Hind, Arthur, collection, 1912-1943

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Finding Aid Published: 1998

Arthur Hind (1880-1957) Papers, 1912-1943

Accession Number: 00.16

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COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:Arthur Hind (1880-1957) Papers, 1912-1943
EXTENT:.25 linear foot (1 box)
REPOSITORY: Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries,
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603-6110
(312) 443-7292 phone
rbarchives@artic.edu
http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchives.html
ABSTRACT:The collection consists of photographs, proofs, correspondence, and research notes for the monograph G.B. Piranesi (1922) by the British art historian Arthur Hind.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:Correspondence, printed papers and black and white photographic prints.
ORIGINATION: Hind, Arthur Mayger (1880-1957)
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:The source of acquisition is unknown at this time.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
Arthur Mayger Hind (1880-1957) began working at the British Museum in the Department of Prints and Drawings in 1903. He was Slade Professor at Oxford University from 1921 to 1927. He lectured at Harvard for the Charles Eliot Norton Foundation in 1930 and 1931 on the subject "Landscape and Art." In 1931, Hind was promoted from Assistant Keeper to Deputy Keeper and in 1933 he was appointed Keeper of the Department of Prints and Drawing. He retired from the British Museum in 1945.

A prolific writer, Hind authored numerous books and articles, ranging from critical monographs and printmaking surveys to museum catalogs and periodical articles. As a scholar, Hind was known more for compiling and making the work of other scholars accessible than for conducting primary research ( "Arthur Hind," obituary, Burlington Magazine, July 1957, p.242). Giovanni Battista Piranesi: a critical study, with a list of his published works and detailed catalogues of the prisons and the views of Rome, the book with which this collection is concerned, was published in London by The Cotswold Gallery in 1922. Hind's largest work, Early Italian Engraving, was published in four volumes in1938, with three additional volumes issued ten years later. He wrote a four-volume official catalog of seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish Schools drawings in the British Museum between 1915 and 1931, although his project was interrupted by service in World War I. This was the first critical study to be issued by a museum of its drawing collection. Additionally, Hind himself made etchings, drawings, landscapes, and watercolors.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
One box of correspondence, manuscript notes, photo-reproductions of Piranesi's work, and proof pages relating to Hind's 1922 book Giovanni Battista Piranesi: a critical study, with a list of his published works and detailed catalogues of the prisons and the views of Rome. Dated materials range from 1912 to 1943. The collection is divided into two series. Series I contains Hind's research papers. Series II contains photographs.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
SERIES I: RESEARCH PAPERS. Includes correspondence, articles, and manuscript notes. Papers are ordered by subject and/or type.

SERIES II: PHOTOGRAPHS. A small collection of copy photographs of prints by Giovanni Battista Piranesi.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Hind, Arthur Mayger, 1880-1957
Hind, Arthur Mayger, 1880-1957. Giovanni Battista Piranesi, a critical study
Hind, Arthur Mayger, 1880-1957--Manuscripts
Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778
Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778--Bibliography
Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778--Catalogs
Rome (Italy)--Pictorial works
Rome (Italy)--In art
Art historians--Archives

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
n.d.not dated

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
The collection is housed in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' on-site stacks.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS:
This collection may be used by qualified readers in the Reading Room of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago. Collections maintained on-site are available for patron use without prior arrangement or appointment. Collections maintained in off-site storage will be retrieved with advance notification; please consult the Archivist for the current retrieval schedule. For further information, consult http://www.artic.edu/aic/access/access.html

USER RESTRICTIONS:
The Art Institute of Chicago is providing access to the materials in the Libraries' collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of the Art Institute is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Archivist, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to permission from the Art Institute, permission of the copyright owner (if not the Art Institute) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distribution, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. The Art Institute makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.

PREFERRED CITATION:
Arthur Hind Papers, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
The collection was processed by staff of the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 1998. This finding aid was revised and expanded by Annemarie van Roessel in 2003.

CUSTODIAL HISTORY:
The Arthur Hind Collection was transferred to Ryerson and Burnham Libraries from the Art Institute's Department of Prints and Drawings. The date of the transfer was not recorded.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES I: RESEARCH PAPERS

CORRESPONDENCE:
Box.FF 1.1
Ashley, Thomas.
ALS postcard. Questioning Focillon's attribution of Vedute to Piranesi's early career.
01/16/1921 1
Box.FF 1.1
Ashley, Thomas.
ALS notecard. Regarding discrepency in sizing of prints.
02/03/1921 1
Box.FF 1.1
Ashley, Thomas.
ALS postcard. Suggesting renumbering some plates.
11/04/1921 1
Box.FF 1.1
Ashley, Thomas.
ALS postcard. Regarding authenticity of signature on Pianta della villa Adriana sheets signed by Francesco Piranesi in 1781.
02/25/1923 1
Box.FF 1.1
Ashley, Thomas.
ALS. Acknowledging receipt, reporting that he has read Hind's book, and comparing Hind's information with his own collection and that of the British School of Rome.
11/16/1923 1
Box.FF 1.1
Ashley, Thomas.
ALS. Asking Hind to examine old catalog offered for sale and listing Piranesi prints he is interested in purchasing.
01/18/1925 1
Box.FF 1.1
Ashley, Thomas.
ALS. Thanking Hind for looking at "the book," and suggesting booksellers.
01/30/1925 1
Box.FF 1.1
Ashley, Thomas.
ALS. Regarding purchase of Piranesi prints.
11/30/1925 1
Box.FF 1.1
Ashley, Thomas.
ALS. Requesting that Hind examine some Piranesi prints at Sotheby's for him.
03/29/1927 1
Box.FF 1.2
Berney, Henry.
ALS. Addressed to "Dear Sir," regarding print Capital of Rome reattributed from George Probst to Piranesi.
11/10/[1920?] 1
Box.FF 1.2
Bierens de Haan, J.C.J., Dr.
ALS notecard. Comparing his Vedute di Roma with Hind's catalog.
09/1938 1
Box.FF 1.2
Bremont, A.
ALS. Thanking Hind for clearing up discrepencies between scholars of Piranesi.
10/22/1935 1
Box.FF 1.2
Calay, Augusto.
ALS. Thanking Hind the photo prices, expressing opinion that his Piranesi Antichita is a first edition.
03/07/1923 1
Box.FF 1.2
Davies, Catherine.
ALS. Enclosing list of plates offered for sale to her for which she has no interest, and offering to sell her own Piranesi copy.
03/16/1925 1
Box.FF 1.2
Eisemann, Heinrich, Buch and Kunst Antiquariat.
TLS. Regarding Piranesi volume recently purchased and sending Hind a copy of his photo-reproduction.
06/24/1932 1
Box.FF 1.2
Finberg, H.F., Cotswold Gallery.
ALS. Enclosing blocks used for Hind's book and two missing lent to Kineton Parkes for book review.
02/1932 1
Box.FF 1.2
Hennus, M.F., Dr.
TLS. Enclosing book on Piranesi, describing aforementioned book [Le Antichita di Roma?], and mentioning German book of travels through Italy by D.J. Volkman which he could also send if requested.
01/1923 1
Box.FF 1.2
Hoffenstadt, Werner, Dr.
ALS. Reply to 03/26/1925 letter, describing his first edition Varie Vedute di Roma of 1748.
04/30/1925 1
Box.FF 1.2
H [illegible], Managing Director, Technical Journals, The Architectural Review.
TCS. Replying to Hind's letter of 01/10/1921 and declining Hind because they wish to focus on living artists.
01/17/1921 1
Box.FF 1.2
Mallett [sp?], Jno.
ALS. Regarding Hind's article in Burlington Magazine.
12/17/1913 1
Box.FF 1.3
Nebehay, Christian M., Antiquariat V. A. Heck, Autographenhandlung.
TLS. Informing Hind of deviation between leaves in a copy of Vedute di Roma and Hind's catalog.
06/10/1936 1
Box.FF 1.3
Nebehay, Christian M.
TLS. Offering to sell his copy of Vedute di Roma to the British Museum, enclosing newspaper clipping from Times Literary Supplement, June 12, 1943, of Piranesi sketch, clipping pasted to company stationery with information on Vedute di Roma, index of images by various artists, including Piranesi, handwritten "R.W.P. De Vries, Amsterdam, Jan. 25, 1921," across top.
10/07/1937 1
Box.FF 1.3
Quaritch, Bernard.
TLS. Listing three errors in Hind's Piranesi book, as promised.
12/16/1929 1
Box.FF 1.3
Reay, S.S.
ALS. Wanting to sell Piranesi Vedute acquired from Catherine Davies to the British Museum and discussing items in Hind's book.
12/01/1926 1
Box.FF 1.3
Reay, S.S.
ALS. Replying to 12/06/1926 letter and asking Hind to make offer on prints.
01/11/1927 1
Box.FF 1.3
Tubbs, Graham B.
TLS. Regarding discrepencies in calculations of monetary exchange rates and discovery of another copy of Giustificazione.
10/18/1929 1
Box.FF 1.3
[Illegible signature], Curator, Sir John Soane's Museum.
ALS. Offering Hind another look at the attributed Piranesi in the Robert Adams Collection.
07/31/1923 1

ARTICLES:
Box.FF 1.4
Davis, Frank. "The Rembrandt of Architecture,"  The Illustrated London News, ill., p. 80.
Mentions Hind's catalog.
11/14/1936 1
Box.FF 1.4
Ocleu, A.J.J. [sp?], from De Vlasmurdne Gids [sp?], untranslated Dutch text.
Regarding Arthur H. Hind.
04/02/1912[?] 1
Box.FF 1.4
Tubbs, Grahame B. "Piranesi and Lord Charlemont,"  Journal of the Royal Institute of British Architects, ill., pp. 54-56.
Mentions Hind's catalog.
11/23/1929 1
Box.FF 1.4
"Form and Substance: The Artist's Medium," book review of Henry Focillon, The Life of Forms in Art. Times Literary Supplement.
06/12/1943 1

MISCELLANEOUS MANUSCRIPT NOTES:
Box.FF 1.5
"Francesco, Pietro, Laura, Piranesi."
Written on outside of folded stationary, with notes and sketches enclosed.
n.d. 3
Box.FF 1.5
"Piranesi" with illegible notations.
Written on outside of folded stationary, with lists of works with plate numbers and dates and random notes and lists enclosed.
n.d. 9
Box.FF 1.5
"Piranesi impressions reproduced."
With lists of impressions reproduced (mainly from Tubbs) enclosed.
n.d. 4
Box.FF 1.5
"Drawings."
With notes and sketches enclosed.
n.d. 5
Box.FF 1.5
List of prints that the British Museum wants or lacks.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 1.5
List of prints that the British Museum wants.
12/1925 1
Box.FF 1.5
List of Focillon-numbered plates wanted.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.5
Notes.
Regarding Prince Argoutinsky.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 1.5
Envelope labeled "misc. notes;" with notes and lists enclosed.
n.d. 12

PROOF PLATES:
Box.FF 1.6
Index list.
Proof pages.
n.d. 8






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES II: PHOTOGRAPHS
Box.FF 1.7
Antichita d'Albano e di castel Gandolfo, plate LXXIV, below Castel Gandolfo, Italian text on image.
Black and white copy photographic print.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.7
The Carceri, early state, plate LXXII, page 29, 15.
Black and white copy photographic print.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.7
The Carceri, later state, plate LXXII, page 29, 15.
Black and white copy photographic print.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.7
Prima Parte Di Architetture, plate LXXIII, Gruppo Di Scale, descriptive text in Italian below image.
Black and white copy photographic print.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.7
Views of Paestum, plate LXXIV.
Black and white copy photographic print.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.7
Plate from engraved catalog of own works, Italian text.
Black and white copy photographic print.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.7
Plate of title page, illegible descriptive information on back.
Black and white copy photographic print.
1932 1







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