Charcoal Club Photograph and Ephemera Collection, PP288

Finding Aid to the Charcoal Club Photograph and Ephemera Collection, PP288

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

Collection summary

Title

Charcoal Club Photograph and Ephemera Collection

Creator

Charcoal Club

Call number

PP288

Inclusive dates

ca 1890s – 1968, not dated

Bulk dates

1891 - 1931

Extent

1 box

Abstract

This collection contains photographs and ephemera related to the Charcoal Club, Baltimore’s famous and long running arts club established in 1883. The club’s annual “Bal des Arts” was a celebrated social and artistic event in Baltimore. Items in this collection were transferred from MS 1792, Charcoal Club School of Arts Records.

Related Collections

MS 1792

Administrative summary

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

For information about how to purchase digital reproductions and for permission information, please visit the Rights and Reproductions page

Provenance

Gift of Charcoal Club, Inc., Baltimore, 1969

Accession number

62665

Processing note

Processed by Damon Talbot, April 2014.

Historical Note

The Charcoal Club, Inc. of Baltimore was formally inaugurated in 1885, although there is mention of its existence in 1883.

One of the prime reasons for its inauguration was the prudery of Baltimore residents, who felt that drawing from the nude was indecent. Nude females and males (the former hard to get) were provided for sessions at various locations in the city. For many years it was a flourishing society, and contained many well known figures in Baltimore life. Perhaps the most famous was Dr. Adalbert Volck (1828-1912) the Baltimore dentist and famous local artist.

The Club assisted in the formation of the Sketch Club, The Bal des Arts, and the Art Club of Baltimore.

For some years the wealth of the members enabled the Club to meet in somewhat palatial but gradually (and particularly in the 1930's) membership dwindled, and for a time there was a likelihood that it would cease. As of 2014 the club still meets, and is the second longest running arts club in the nation.

Scope and Content

The Charcoal Club Photograph and Ephemera Collection contains photographs and invitations related to the Charcoal Club of Baltimore dating from the 1890s to 1968. The collection is broken down into two series:

Series I: Photographs

This series consists of 14 photographs of Charcoal club members, events, and exhibits. The photographs date from the 1890s to 1968.

Series II: Invitations

This series consists of 11 invitations to events sponsored by the Charcoal Club dating from 1920 to 1931. Most are for the annual Bal des Arts. Charcoal Club artists drew the illustrations for the invitations and are identified in the container list below.

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Container List

Description

Date

Image ID

Folder

Box

 

 

 

 

 

Series I: Photographs

 

 

 

 

Unidentified street scene (photograph torn)

ca 1890s

PP2881.1

1

1

Exhibit at Charcoal Club (William Fleshe, photographer)

1891?

PP2881.2

2

1

Exhibit at Charcoal Club (Krieger, photographer)

1891?

PP2881.3

2

1

Group of identified artist sketching female model

1911

PP288.4

3

1

First Annual outing of Charcoal Club at Lenox Club shore, near Sparrows Point (Reverse side of PP288.4) (3 prints)

1911

PP288.5 - .7

3

1

Charcoal Club members, group portrait (members identified on reverse side of photograph)

January 18, 1968

PP288.8

4

1

Unidentified men

January 18, 1968

PP288.9

5

1

Bronze bust of G.H. Pouder by H. Berge  (caption on rear)

not dated

PP288.10

6

1

Unidentified group sketching female model (reverse: newsppaer clipping of unidentified artist with painting)

not dated

PP288.11

7

1

Unidentified group sketching male model (reverse: newsppaer clippings related to work of Ephraim Keyser)

not dated

PP288.12

8

1

Unidentified group of men in Charcoal Club (reverse: newsprint clipping of S. Edwin Whiteman & canvas)

not dated

PP288.13

9

1

Group of costumed people (people identified on reverse side of photograph)

not dated

PP288.14

10

1

 

 

 

 

 

Series II: Invitations

 

 

 

 

Bal des Arts (cover artwork by James Doyle)

1920

n/a

11

1

Bal des Arts (cover artwork by H. Frech)

1921

n/a

11

1

Bal des Arts (cover artwork by R. McGill Mackall)

1922

n/a

11

1

Beyond the Styx, Carnival des Artistes (cover artwork by E.Q. Yardley)

1922

n/a

11

1

Bal des Arts (cover artwork by Eric Haupt)

1923

n/a

12

1

Bal des Arts (cover artwork by R. Mcrae)

1924

n/a

12

1

Bal des Arts (illustration by John Kenny)

1928

n/a

12

1

A Night in Port Said (cover artwork by John Kenny)

1928

n/a

12

1

Mount Olympus theme of the Bal des Arts

1929

n/a

13

1

Bal des Arts, East of Suez (illustration by W.R. Watkins)

1930

n/a

13

1

Bal des Arts, The Reign of the Robots (cover artwork by H. Frech)

1931

n/a

13

1