Margaret French Cresson, American sculptor, 1889-1973, standing beside bust of Nathalie Osborn

Description: Margaret French Cresson was the daughter of renowned sculptor Daniel Chester French. Cresson's specialty was creating portrait busts but was also a gifted painter, writer and lecturer. In 1969 she donated the 150 acre family estate and studio in Western Massachusetts, Chesterwood, to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Today, Chesterwood is a public museum.


Creator/Photographer: Peter A. Juley & Son


Medium: Black and white photographic print


Dimensions: 8 in x 10 in


Culture: American


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Repository: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Photograph Archives


Collection: Peter A. Juley & Son Collection - The Peter A. Juley & Son Collection is comprised of 127,000 black-and-white photographic negatives documenting the works of more than 11,000 American artists. Throughout its long history, from 1896 to 1975, the Juley firm served as the largest and most respected fine arts photography firm in New York. The Juley Collection, acquired by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 1975, constitutes a unique visual record of American art sometimes providing the only photographic documentation of altered, damaged, or lost works. Included in the collection are over 4,700 photographic portraits of artists.


Accession number: J0044747

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Taken on November 12, 2004