PHOTO ALBUM OF A PROMINENT NEW YORK FAMILY. Anna McPherson Kennedy.
PHOTO ALBUM OF A PROMINENT NEW YORK FAMILY
PHOTO ALBUM OF A PROMINENT NEW YORK FAMILY
PHOTO ALBUM OF A PROMINENT NEW YORK FAMILY
PHOTO ALBUM OF A PROMINENT NEW YORK FAMILY
PHOTO ALBUM OF A PROMINENT NEW YORK FAMILY
PHOTO ALBUM OF A PROMINENT NEW YORK FAMILY
PHOTO ALBUM OF A PROMINENT NEW YORK FAMILY

PHOTO ALBUM OF A PROMINENT NEW YORK FAMILY

Remarkable photo album dating from the 1920s filled with more than 1,100 photographs of the Kennedy family of Kingston, New York, a prominent family whose famous members included the artist Carlotta Petrina, her father Gilbert F. Kennedy, an international lawyer who represented the U.S. at the embassy in London, and her grandfather David Kennedy, the patriarch of the family and one-time mayor of the city who founded a popular patent medicine company. It appears likely that this album was created by Petrina’s aunt, Anna McPherson Kennedy, whose photo and initials A.M.K. appear throughout the album. Anna Kennedy (1882–1945) graduated in 1919 from the Presbyterian Training School for Nurses in New York. Upon her death, her estate went to her sister Adelaide (1885-1969). It appears that neither sister ever married, nor did their brother Charles “David” Kennedy. Anna’s father, David Kennedy (1832–1901), was mayor of Kingston and manufactured Dr. David Kennedy’s favorite remedy, a patent medicine widely used for kidney and bladder problems from the 1870s into the mid 1920s. He transformed the company into a corporation in 1890, selling two-thirds of his interest for $150,000 and remaining president until being ousted from the company in 1898. The photographs in this album center mainly on Anna’s apparent travels in the early to mid-1920s to the western U.S. and throughout Europe. Among the photos in the album is a picture of a man perched at the edge of the Grand Canyon labeled D.K. This is more than likely Anna’s brother, Charles “David” Kennedy (1874–1948), an attorney who was elected a county judge in Colorado before ultimately going into the oil business in Oklahoma. The photos of travels in Europe begin in 1922, the same period when Anna’s oldest brother, Gilbert F. Kennedy (1871–1971), accepted an appointment to become an assistant to the U.S. attorney general in London. His first wife died in 1918, and, according to newspaper reports, he moved to London and brought an action against two insurance companies in the case of 16 World War I cargo vessels that had been destroyed by a mysterious fire while moored in the Hudson River. After winning the case, he was persuaded to remain in London as counsel to the U.S. embassy and later became a partner in a London law firm until his retirement in 1958. Among the black and white photos are a few candid images of Anna’s niece (the daughter of Gilbert), Carlotta Petrina, with her husband John in September 1922 while they were visiting Kingston, New York, the family’s home. Born Charlotte F. Kennedy, she changed her name in 1921 when she married fellow artist John Petrina, born Giovanni Antonio Secondo Petrina in Treviso, Italy. He died in 1935 in a car accident. There are also eight photographs with captions noting the arrival of AMK (Anna) and Charlotte (Carlotta) in Venice on June 1, 1923 and Charlotte’s apartment on the Grand Canal. Petrina (1901–97) was an American illustrator and printer, who was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1933 for her illustrations to accompany John Milton's Paradise Lost. The Carlotta Petrina Museum and Cultural Center in Brownsville, Texas exhibits her works and other artifacts from her life, as well as hosting classes and performances. The photographic album also includes a series of photographs from the British territory of Gibraltar in 1922, including street scenes and images along its border with Spain. The album is also filled with photographs from Anna’s European travels in Naples, Capri, Sorrento, Rome, Sienna, Venice, the Swiss Alps, France, and England. Roughly 30 percent of the images are captioned below, some have captions written on the verso. During her travels, she connects with a wide range of young women. For example, photographs in Venice include Jane and Betty Scriven, sisters from Chicago whose parents were part of society. Their father was the Western General Superintendent of the Pennsylvania Railroad lines. About a quarter of the images in the album are dedicated to Anna’s travels in the U.S. in the early 1920s. She spent some time in Southern California. Photographs show her on Catalina Island, at the beach, touring the world-famous Ostrich Farm in South Pasadena, and traveling on the Mount Lowe Railway in Altadena. Another selection of images are of a western town with dirt-packed streets and clapboard buildings. Three cyanotypes are among the photographs. The images are pasted to the album leaves, which are chipped and brittle. Approximately x images were removed, 19 images are laid in loose and a series of seven images from a trip to Pompei are laid in, apparently not originally included in this visual record. Item #72074

Price: $800.00

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