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William Merritt Chase letter

 Collection — Folder: S0254
Identifier: S0254

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a letter from Chase to Louis Prang, lithographer and art educator, concerning a portrait. Chase had painted a portrait of Prang already in 1884.


  • 1899


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

William Merritt Chase was born November 1, 1849, in Williamsburg (now Ninaveh), Indiana. His parents were David and Sarah (Swaim) Chase. Chase studied art in Indianapolis, New York City, St. Louis, and in several European countries. He became known for his Impressionist portraits and landscapes, working in both oil paints and pastels. In 1886, Chase married Alice Gerson, with whom he had eight children. Chase died in 1916 in New York City.


Information found within collection

“Chase, William Merritt.” National Gallery of Art. Accessed July 3, 2013.

National Archives and Records Administration. “1860, 1880, 1900, 1910 U.S. Census.” Ancestry. Accessed July 3, 2013.

“William Merritt Chase grave.” Find a Grave. Accessed July 3, 2013.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection includes one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Paul M. Keeser.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Jamie Dunn during June 2013. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2018/05/11.
William Merritt Chase letter
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.