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Ronald G. Pisano project records for the William Merritt Chase Catalogue Raisonné 1896 – 2011; 1975 – 2007

Collection, KA0010


These records consist of files compiled and produced during the more than thirty years of research and writing that culminated in the publication of the Complete Catalogue of Known and Documented Work by William Merritt Chase (1849–1916), published in four volumes by Yale University Press between 2006 and 2010. The project was begun by Ronald G. Pisano (1948-2000) and completed by D. Frederick Baker and Carolyn Lane after Pisano's death. Files include correspondence with auction houses, museums, galleries, libraries, archives, and individual owners of Chase work; authentication reports; photographs of Chase work; exhibition and auction records; news clippings and articles by and about Chase; and photographs and correspondence from Chase's lifetime (mostly obtained as photocopies from other institutions).

Related Archival Materials Note

William Merritt Chase's artwork is in the collections of museums worldwide. Institutions that hold archival materials related to William Merritt Chase include the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art, Washington, D.C., and the Parrish Museum, Southampton, New York. The latter includes over a thousand photographs relating to Chase's life and work, in particular family photographs of summers spent on the East End of Long Island. The Brooklyn Museum and the Morgan Library and Museum in New York each hold sketchbooks by Chase.

Related object

Transparency of painting in frame, titled Venice.

Collection Guide

Guide to the Ronald G. Pisano project records for the William Merritt Chase Catalogue Raisonné

Related person/organization

Rose Netzorg Kerr

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