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About this collection

The Alfred Winfield Strahan (June 24, 1886 - June 15, 1965) Papers reflect the life and activities of the Baltimore artist who was actively involved with the Charcoal Club and the Beaux Arts Club of Baltimore from the 1910s through 1930s as a member, student, and administrator. The papers consist of a variety of material including artwork, correspondence, records, ephemera, medals, photographs and scrapbooks. The papers span the years of 1899-1963, with the bulk of correspondence dating from 1937 to 1941. It is also arranged in three series: Personal Papers, Charcoal Club and Beaux Arts Club.

Strahan studied in Baltimore under S(amuel) Edwin Whiteman and Harper Pennington, both painters trained at the private atelier Académie Julian in Paris. Strahan was known primarily as a painter of landscapes as he regularly depicted scenes along the Atlantic coast and the Chesapeake Bay Region, but was also an illustrator. His work was exhibited in 1917 at the Peabody Galleries and the Charcoal Club from 1910s through 30s and posthumously in Gleason, FL and Boothbar Harbor, ME.

Within this collection, the majority of correspondence relates to the Beaux Arts Club which was founded in 1937 by former members of the Charcoal Club. The papers feature correspondence relating to the administration of the Charcoal Club. Also included are medals awarded at the annual Beaux Arts Club "Bal des Arts" costume ball including medals handcrafted by members. In addition, the collection contains original artwork by Strahan as well as his colleagues and mentors including Harper Pennington, James McDougal Hart and James I. Billmyer.

 
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