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Eleanore Price Mather Hicks Research Papers on Edward Hicks


Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081

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Eleanore Price Mather (1910-1985) was a Quaker writer and editor from Rose Valley, PA. She was the daughter of Walter Ferris and Felicia Thomas Price and attended Westtown School, Mt. Holyoke College, and the University of Delaware. She married Robert Worrell Mather, was a long-time editor of the Pendle Hill pamphlets, and a member of Providence Monthly Meeting.

This collection contains chiefly papers concerning Eleanore Price Mather's book, lectures, and articles on the Quaker painter, Edward Hicks.

The collection is divided into four series:

  1. Biographical and genealogical
  2. Edward Hicks, His Peaceable Kingdom and Other Paintings
  3. Other publications
  4. Lectures and seminars

Donor: Robert Mather, 1987, husband of Eleanore Price Mather.

The following material, originally part of the collection, has been removed and recatalogued:

  1. Mather, Eleanore Price. Edward Hicks, His Peaceable Kingdoms and Other Paintings (with Dorothy Miller). Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1983
  2. Ames, Kenneth L. Beyond Necessity: Art in the Folk Tradition. Winterthur, Delaware: Winterthur Museum, 1977
  3. Anderson, Dennis R. Three Hundred Years of American Art in the Chrysler Museum. Norfolk, Virginia: Chrysler Museum at Norfolk, 1975
  4. Atkinson, D. Watson. The Friendly Invaders. Doylestown, Pennsylvania: Quixott Press, 1969
  5. Ayres, James. "Edward Hicks and His Sources" in The Magazine Antiques, Vol. CIX, No.2, February 1976
  6. Black, Mary. "Three Folk Artists and Their Description of Pennsylvania" in 1976 Antiques Show. Philadelphia: Hospital of the U. of Pa., 1976
  7. Boulding, Kenneth E. "Quakerism and the Arts" in Friends Journal, Nov. 1, 1983 (Periodical)
  8. Bye, Arthur Edwin. "Edward Hicks 1780-1849" in Bulletin of Friends Historical Association, Autumn 1943 (Periodical)
  9. Dillenberger, Jane and Joshua C. Taylor. The Hand and the Spirit: Religious Art in America, 1700-1900. Berkley: University Art Museum, 1972 (N6505.U6H2)
  10. Ford, Alice. Edward Hicks: Painter of the Peaceable Kingdom. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1952 (BX7796+.H62F7)
  11. Ford, Alice. Edward Hicks 1780-1849 A Special Exhibition Devoted to His Life and Work. Williamsburg, Virginia: Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, 1960 (BX7796.H62B62)
  12. Ford, Alice. "The Publication of Edward Hicks Memoirs" in Bulletin of Friends Historical Association, Vol. 50, No. 1, Spring 1961 (Periodical)
  13. Frost, Jerry. "As the Twig is Bent: Quaker Ideas of Childhood" in Quaker History, Autumn, 1971 (Periodical)
  14. Guttenberg, John P. Jr. "Edward Hicks: A Journey to the Peaceable Kingdom" in American Art and Antiques, Vol. 2, Issue 3, May / June 1979
  15. Haynes, George Emerson. Edward Hicks Friends Minister. Doylestown, Pennsylvania: Quixott Press, 1974 (BX7796.H62H2)
  16. Hicks, Edward. Memoirs of the Life and Religious Labors of Edward Hicks. Philadelphia: Merrihew & Thompson, Printers, 1851 (BX7796.H62A3)
  17. Hicks, Sarah W. et. al. "Newtown Before 1815" et. al. Newtown Friends Meeting Centennial, n.d
  18. Kallir, Jane. The Folk Art Tradition: Naive Painting in Europe and the United States. New York: The Viking Press, 1981 (NK925.K3)
  19. Lassiter, Barbara B. Reynolda House American Paintings. 1970
  20. McNair, Wesley. "Edward Hicks" in Animals, Vol. 107, No. 2, February 1974
  21. Palmer, Candida. "Cultural Impedimenta Old and New in Friends Relation to the Arts: Some Preliminary Reflections" in Quaker Religious Thought, Vol. 14, No. 3, Winter 1972-73 (Periodical)
  22. Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Symbols of Peace: William Penn's Treaty With the Indians. Philadelphia: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1976 (ND 237.W45P38 1976)
  23. Pullinger, Edna S. A Dream of Peace: Edward Hicks of Newtown. Philadelphia: Dorrance & Co., 1973 (BX7796.H62P97)
  24. Pullinger, Edna S. "Edward Hicks, Newtown Coach Painter, Among Friends" in The Bucks County Historical Society Journal, Vol. II, No.6, Fall 1979
  25. Pullinger, Edna and Richard C. "The House that Edward Hicks Built" in The Bucks County Historical Society Journal, Vol. 11, No. 3, Spring 1978
  26. Pullinger, Edna S. Newtown's First Library Building. Newtown, Pennsylvania: Sowers Printing Company, 1976 (F159.N54P8)
  27. Pullinger, Edna S. "Panic and Panacea: Edward Hicks Deplores Overspeculation in the 1830's-And the Silkworm Mania the Followed" in George School Bulletin, March 1978 (Periodical)
  28. Ryan, Pat M., ed. "Mathias Hutchinson's Notes of a Journey" in Quaker History, Vols. 68 & 69, Nos. 1 & 2, Autumn 1979 and Spring 1980
  29. Tatham, David Frederic. "Edward Hicks, Elias Hicks and John Comley" in The American Art Journal, Vol. 13, No. 2, Spring 1981 (BX7796.H62T2)
  30. Tatham, David. "Edward Hicks at Trenton Falls" in The American Art Journal, Vol. XV, No. 4, Autumn 1983
  31. Tatham, David. "The Emergence of Edward Hicks" in Everson Museum of Art Carnegie Institute, February 1978
  32. Tolles, Frederick B. "The Primitive Painter as Poet" in Bulletin of Friends Historical Association, Vol. 50, No. 1, Spring 1961 (Periodical)
  33. Vlach, John Michael. "Quaker Tradition and the Paintings of Edward Hicks" in Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 94, No 372, Apr-Jn 1981 (BX7796.H6V5)
  34. ---. American Naive Painting of the 18th and 19th Centuries: Masterpieces from the Collection of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch. The American Federation of Arts, 1969
  35. ---. American Primitive Paintings from the Collection of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch (Part I). Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 1954
  36. ---. The Animal Kingdom in American Art. Syracuse, N.Y.: Everson Museum of Art, 1978
  37. ---. Four American Primitives: Edward Hicks, John Kane, Anna Mary Robertson Moses, Horace Pippin. New York: aca Galleries, 1972 (ND236.A14)
  38. ---. Hicks, Kane, Pippin: 3 Self Taught Pennsylvania Artists. Pittsburgh: Museum of Art Carnegie Institute, 1966 (BX7796.H62A7)
  39. ---. Newtown 275 Anniversary Newtown. Pennsylvania, 1959
  40. ---. Pennsylvania Folk Art. Allentown, Pennsylvania: Allentown Art Museum, 1974
  41. ---. Philadelphia: Three Centuries of American Art. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1976
  42. ---. Upper Makefield Speaks...Bucks County Recollections An Oral History. Trevose, Pa.: Brook Trout Press, Inc., 1981 (BX7649.U69V1).

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Collection Inventory

Ser. 1. Biographical and Genealogical.
Box 1

Scope and Contents

full information: Edward Hicks, His Peaceable Kingdoms and Other Paintings (with Dorothy Miller). Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1983 (BX7796+.H62M273).

General, 1969-84.
Box 1-3
Scope and Contents

Arranged alphabetically by institutional correspondent or, if applicable, by individual. Includes information about the provenance of Hicks' works, including continuing correspondence from earlier publications and other letters concerning information on Hicks.

Publishers and Co-Author, 1973-84.
Box 1-3
Scope and Contents

Concerns content and production of book.

Photographic Permissions, 1976-83.
Box 1-3
Scope and Contents

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Private Collectors, 1980-84.
Box 1-3
Scope and Contents

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Includes general correspondence and photographic permissions of owners of works used in the book who wished to remain anonymous. RESTRICTED.

First Drafts, n.d.
Box 4-5
Scope and Contents

Manuscript and typescript drafts of chapters in the book, arranged according to section.

Draft, 1976.
Box 4-5
Scope and Contents

First complete draft of book. According to note of Eleanore Mather (hereafter EPM), "As sent to DM 9/23/76 but exchanged unread for revised version."

Draft, 1979.
Box 4-5
Scope and Contents

As noted by EPM, "latest revised ed. Spring 1979."

Preliminary Notes, Primarily manuscript notes of EPM, arranged in file folders according to her labels., n.d.
Box 4-5
Box 6
Physical Description

2 folders, by file #

Color Proofs and Color Transparencies.
Box 6
Other B.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Arranged in two file folders, "Peaceable Kingdoms" and "Other Works by Hicks." Includes alternate views, originals of photographs sent with correspondence, and study photographs.

Photographic Captions.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Arranged by number in two files, "Peaceable Kingdoms" and "Other." Includes list of where each work has been reproduced and Frick Ref. Library numbers.

Book Reviews.
Box 6
Newspaper Clippings Concerning Hicks' Works, including auction and exhibit reviews.
Box 6
AARFAC Descriptions of Hicks Works.
Box 6

Scope and Contents

Files include notes, correspondence and drafts. Call numbers indicate location of publication in FHL.

Edward Hicks, Primitive Quaker. Pendle Hill Pamphlet, (BX7732.P4V170)., 1970.
Box 7-8
"The Inward Kingdom of Edward Hicks" Quaker History, Vol. 62, No. 1 (Periodical)., 1973.
Box 7-8
"A Quaker Icon" The Art Quarterly, Vol. XXXVI, Nos. 1 2 (BX7796.H62M27), 1973.
Box 7-8
Edward Hicks: A Peaceable Season. Princeton: Pyne Press (BX7796.H62E3), 1973.
Box 7-8
"Jonathan Fisher" Animals. Boston: MSPCA, 1974.
Box 7-8
"Edward Hicks, A Gentle Spirit." N.Y.: Crispo Gallery (BX7796.H62A6)., 1975.
Box 7-8
"The Peaceable Kingdom" Early American Life, Vol. 7, No. 6 (BX7796.H62M271), 1976.
Box 7-8
"Edward Hicks, 1780-1849" American Folk Painters of Three Centuries. N.Y.: Whitney Museum, (ND 205.5.P74A43), 1980.
Box 7-8
"In Detail" Portfolio, Vol. 2, No. 2 (BX7796.H62M272), 1980.
Box 7-8
"American Quakers in Profile", [1987].
Box 7-8
Scope and Contents

Unpublished manuscript to be used as introduction to Laughons' book on silhouettes.

Scope and Contents

Files include transcripts of talks given by EPM.

"Edward Hicks and His Fellow Quakers".
Box 8
Scope and Contents

1st & 2nd Versions. "Basis for Quaker Culture Seminar and later talk at Burlington College."

"Edward Hicks and His Fellow Quakers", [1976].
Box 8
Scope and Contents

At Quaker Culture Seminar et. al.

"Winterthur Winter Institute", 1/13/84.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

Includes slides and a tape.

"Edward Hicks and His Peaceable Kingdoms", n.d.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

At "Everson Museum, Delaware County Historical Society."

Other Lecture Announcements.
Box 8

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