Sunday, January 19, 2020

Location of Anna Judah’s paintings?

From: "Arthur Fluter"

In the books describing Theodore Judah’s route research, mention is made that Anna Judah painted landscapes to help describe the route. I think some of the paintings were exhibited in Judah’s office in Washington DC.

Is there a collection of her paintings or at least some included in the reports and publications here?

It seems like Anna’s contribution to the transcontinental Railroad are long overdue for acknowledgement and praise.

—Art Fluter, CSRM Docent, Class 66


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try World art databases.

1/21/2020 6:44 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Tried the World Art Databases, but could not find any reference to Anna Judah, wife of Theodore. I am looking for images of her paintings she did when traveling with Theodore during his explorations of the Sierra. At least one book states that Anna's paintings hung in his office in Washington DC. Any ideas?

2/08/2020 1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of the databases that have records of paintings are by subscription only (behind a paywall). Perhaps you might find a research library or art museum that already subscribes and could help you with your search. Perhaps the National Archives or Library of Congress might have information relating to Judah's Washington, D.C. office. See whether the "books describing Theodore Judah’s route research" cite sources that could lead to additional information about Anna Judah and her paintings. Perhaps searching newspaper archives, such as the New York Times, or other primary sources might uncover a reference to Anna Judah and her paintings. Perhaps you might find an art history professor or an art dealer of 19th century landscapes that could give additional suggestions about how to conduct your search. Perhaps someone at the California State Railroad Museum, the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, or the National Park Service at Promontory might have additional suggestions.

2/08/2020 6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Likely the individuals that research the authenticity and provenance of 19th century artworks at auction houses such as Sotheby's or Christie's would be the world's experts in conducting this type of search.

2/08/2020 6:52 PM  
Blogger riveroak said...

My cousin in a "Judah" relative. Theodore and Anna had no children. She returned to live where she was born and resided most of her life in Greenfield, Mass. where she is buried. A Gary Noll, professor of sierra nevada studies at Sierra College, in Roseville, Ca. tried to locate for me a couple of years ago. I understood that these were watercolors of wildflowers and that some of them are the background of some of the original stock certificates. Prof. Noll tried the Bancroft Library but found nothing. She had siblings but there are no direcct descendants. Am also still looking. I found on Ancestry the will of her father....wondered if there might also be a will for her upon her death.

4/06/2020 3:19 PM  

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