Henry L. A. Culmer art papers, approximately 1880-1914
Scope and Contents
Contains roughly 300 photographs, newspaper clippings, broadsides, and prints containing artwork by Culmer. In the second half of the album, Culmer notes the work's number in his master inventory, as well as the name of the individual who purchased it. Material dated approximately 1880-1914. The record paintings of H. L. A. Culmer, notebook, is a numbered list of paintings 382-1091, including the date finished, title, medium, size, price, date sold and to whom, remarks, and number. Material dated 1890-1913. The second record of paintings of H. L. A. Culmer, a leather quarterbound, continues the detailed inventories of Culmer's works, with works on hand and works sold. Dated 1910-1914.
- approximately 1880-1914
- Culmer, Henry L. A. (creator, Person)
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Henry L. A. Culmer (1854-1914) was a renowned painter of the Utah wilderness and natural wonders in general.
Henry "Harry" Lavender Adolphus Culmer was born on March 25, 1854, in Darington, Kent, England. While young he apprencticed at a print shop. Converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Culmer immigrated to Utah in 1868. He married Susan Annette Wells. He graduated from the University of Deseret (now University of Utah) and studied with painters Alfred Lambourne, Reuben Kirkham, and Thomas Moan in the 1870's. Culmer was a painter of landscapes, panoramas, and rock formations. He was the first professional painter to depict the Alaskan interior and the Natural Bridges in and much of Southern Utah. His paintings played a significant role in promotion and early economic progress of the West. Culmer was an entrepreneur, developer of natural resources, miner, civic leader, playwright and lyricist, editor, and amateur geologist and naturalist. Culmer was also the first president of the Salt Lake Rotary and first president of the Utah Art Institute. His son Henry Wells Culmer is a less notable landscape painter. Culmer died in Salt Lake City in 1914.
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