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MS Typ 1144

Meteyard, Thomas Buford,1865-1928. Thomas Buford Meteyard personal and family papers

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository, pf
Call No.: MS Typ 1144
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Meteyard, Thomas Buford, 1865-1928.
Title: Thomas Buford Meteyard personal and family papers
Date(s): circa 1849-1982
Quantity: 3 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Personal papers of American artist, Thomas Buford Meteyard, with material relating to his mother, Marion G. Lunt Meteyard, and other family members.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2010MH-1. Purchased with funds from the Philip Hofer Charitable Trust Bayard and the Bayard Livingston Kilgour and Kate Gray Kilgour Fund, 2010 October 26.

Processing Information:

Minimally processed by: Melanie Wisner

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research.
The bulk of this collection is shelved offsite. Retrieval requires advance notice. Check with Houghton Public Services staff.

Preferred Citation:

Thomas Buford Meteyard Personal and Family Papers, circa 1849-1982 (MS Typ 1144). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

For a collection of prints by Thomas Buford Meteyard, see Houghton call number Typ 970.00.5684 in HOLLIS.

Biographical / Historical

Meteyard was born in Rock Island, Illinois. His widowed mother, passionately interested in new cultural developments and serving as his lifelong traveling companion, moved with her son to her hometown of Scituate, Massachusetts, in 1881. Meteyard attended Phillips Academy at Andover and, briefly, Harvard University. On his second journey abroad, in 1888, Meteyard encountered in London the work of its English leaders, notably designer Walter Crane and painter and illustrator Edward Burne-Jones. In Paris, he enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and studied with painter Léon Bonnat. He immersed himself in the Parisian avant-garde, eventually exhibiting with a group of French artists and illustrators called the Nabis. Meteyard also admired the work of French impressionist painter Claude Monet: between 1890 and 1893, along with other American artists, Meteyard made regular visits to Giverny, the rural village in Normandy, France, where Monet was living.
In Giverny, Meteyard contributed illustrations to the casual publication Le Courrier Innocent, issued by the resident American artists. Meteyard began to work seriously as a graphic artist on his return to the United States in 1893. He received commissions for book covers, illustrations, and posters. Resettled in Scituate, he joined a close-knit group of Boston-area aesthetes known as the Visionists, which included architects, poets, painters, and designers. Meteyard also continued his work as a landscapist, experimenting particularly with watercolor. He exhibited widely and with some success, but in 1906 he left Scituate to take up permanent residence in England.


Collection is minimally processed; files left in original internal order though reboxed.

Scope and Contents

Collection includes correspondence, drawings, family diaries, scrapbooks, sketchbooks, memorabilia, and exhibition catalogs.

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