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Frederick Porter Vinton Correspondence, 1875-1911

 Collection — Container: MS 7042
Call Number: MS 7042

Scope and Contents

This collection contains letters from thirty-one correspondents to Frederick Porter Vinton that document requests for sittings, scheduling of sittings, and plans for the receipt of portraits.

In addition, the collection contains three letters which are not written to Frederick Porter Vinton; rather they are written about him. One of the letters is from Wendell Phillips to his nephew, John, and the other two are from Samuel A. Green of the Massachusetts Historical Society to Vinton's wife after his death.


  • Majority of material found in 1875-1911
  • Other: Date acquired: 03/00/1983


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The collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Frederick (also spelled Frederic) Porter Vinton was born in Maine on January 29, 1846. When he was ten years old, his family relocated to Chicago. In 1860, Vinton moved to Boston where he studied drawing and painting under William M. Hunt, and eventually became a bookkeeper so he would have time to devote to his painting.  In 1875, he was taught by Leon Bonnat in Paris. The next year, he attended the Royal Academy in Munich and worked under Professors Mauger and W. Diez. In 1877, he entered the atelier of Jean Paul Laurens and became his first American pupil. After his return from studying abroad, he opened a studio in Boston where he began painting portraits of the city’s prominent citizens. In 1882, he was elected associate of the National Academy of Design, and elected academician in 1891. He was also a member of the Society of American Artists. Vinton died in Boston on May 19, 1911.

Frederick Porter Vinton specialized in portraits, although he also painted several landscapes during his lifetime that were very well received. He is most known for his portraits of Charles Francis Adams, Sr., Wendell Phillips, Otis P. Lord, George F. Choate, A.P. Peabody, and George F. Hoar.


42.00 Items

Language of Materials



Arranged alphabetically.

Method of Acquisition

Purchased from J. Walsh, Antiquarian Books in 1983.

Related Materials

Frederick Porter Vinton to [Truman Howe] Bartlett, n.d.  Ch. F. 5.89

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Finding aid written by Alissa Lind, November 2012.

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