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Clement Nye Swift was born in Acushnet, Massachusetts, in 1846. He attended Friends Academy, then pursued studies in art in Paris at the Ecoles des Beaux Arts and in the studios of Adolph Yvon and Henri Harpignes. In 1870 Swift left Paris and settled in Brittany, where he executed some of his most important works. He exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1872 to 1881, then returned to the United States to continue his work. In addition, Swift also started writing short stories and poems during this period. He died in 1918.
Papers in this collection reflect the artistic and literary activities of Clement Nye Swift between 1872-ca. 1915. These materials include personal correspondence, 1872-1880; short stories and poems, ca. 1881-1918; catalogs and other art exhibit items, 1872-1881; and notes on paintings, ca. 1885. In addition, the collection contains biographical sketches and clippings, 1875-ca. 1920, and a 1947 letter by Swift's cousin, Robert W. Swift, concerning the artist's career and works.
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Removed to Photographs Collection
- "Brittany Pictures" by Clement Nye Swift, ca. 1870-1881. 2 volumes.
- Seal of Old Dartmouth Historical Society, designed by Swift in 1904.
- Approx. 175 photographs of animals and scenes in Acushnet, Mass., and Brittany, France, and of Swift and his works, ca. 1870-1918.
Removed to Printed Collection
- "The Secret of Point Mishaum", ca. 1889. 2 copies.
- Untitled poem by Samuel P. Place, 1884.
Removed to Objects Collection
- 2 small oil paintings, ca. 1872-1918.
- 27 sketches of animals, scenes and people probably in Brittany, France, ca. 1870-1881.
This collection was donated to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society by Sylvia Knowles on 3 April 1973.
Processed by: Judith Downey, ca. 1982
Encoded by: Kermit Dewey, 18 July 2011; box list appended by Mark Procknik, 27 December 2011
Funds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Artists--Mass.--New Bedford--Correspondence, reminiscences, etc.
Authors, American--Mass.--New Bedford
Authors--Correspondence, reminiscences, etc.
Brittany in literature
New Bedford, Mass.--Authors
New Bedford, Mass.--Description--Poetry
Paris in literature
Poets, American--Mass.--New Bedford
Short stories, American--Mass.--New Bedford
Swift, Clement Nye, 1846-1918
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