|Location||47 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York|
|NRHP Reference #||74001275 |
|Added to NRHP||July 25, 1974|
|Designated NYCL||September 9, 1969|
The Salmagundi Club, also known as the Salmagundi Art Club, was founded in 1871 in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City, New York, in the United States. It currently is located at 47 Fifth Avenue. As of 2009, the Salmagundi Club has more than eight hundred members.
For nearly 140 years, the Salmagundi Club has served as a center for fine arts and artists, conducting art exhibitions, art classes, demonstrations, and art auctions as well as hosting many other events. It is also a sponsor of the United States Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP).
Originally called the New York Sketch Class, and later called the New York Sketch Club, the Salmagundi Club had its beginnings at the eastern edge of Greenwich Village in sculptor Jonathan Scott Hartley's Broadway studio, where a group of artists, students, and friends at the National Academy of Design, which at the time was located at Fourth Avenue and Twenty-third Street, gathered weekly on Saturday evenings.
The club formally changed its name to The Salmagundi Sketch Club in January 1877. The name has variously been attributed to salmagundi, a stew which the group has served from its earliest years, or, to Washington Irving's Salmagundi Papers.
Growing rapidly, and housed in many temporary locations, the club was at 14 West Twelfth Street for some years. In 1917, the club purchased the 1852 Irad Hawley brownstone townhouse at 47 Fifth Avenue between East Eleventh and East Twelfth Streets, constructing a large two-story addition in the backyard to house its main art galleries and billiard room. The building was designated a historical landmark  by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1969. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
Members of the Salmagundi Club have included: Thomas P. Barnett, Ralph Blakelock, A. J. Bogdanove, James Wells Champney, William Merritt Chase, Frederick Stuart Church, Jay Hall Connaway, John Henry Dolph, Chung Soon Fwhang O'Dwyer, Charles Dana Gibson, Edmund Greacen, William Hart, Childe Hassam, Ernest Martin Hennings, George Inness, Jr., John LaFarge, Ernest Lawson, Frank Mason, Samizu Matsuki, John Francis Murphy, Howard Pyle, Will J. Quinlan, Norman Rockwell, Harry Roseland, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Leopold Seyffert, Barbara Stadtlander, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Edward Charles Volkert, Jack Wemp, Stanford White, Richard C. Pionk and N.C. Wyeth.
In 1894, to raise money for the growing club's library, artist members were invited to decorate ceramic mugs, which were then fired by Charles Volkmar, the club potter. The club would host a dinner followed by an auction of the finished mugs... Over the years, many decorated mugs have been returned to the club and are on exhibit in the library along with the largest collection of used artists' palettes in America.
- Joseph Hartley, 1871-1889
- George W. Maynard, 1888-1889
- Charles Yardley Turner, 1889-1883
- Thomas Moran, 1893-1896
- W. Lewis Fraser, 1896-1897
- Alexander Theobald Van Laer, 1897-1898
- Robert C. Minor, 1898-1899
- Alexander Theobald Van Laer, 1899-1900
- George H. McCord, 1900-1901
- George Inness, Jr., 1901-1903
- J. Scott Hartley, 1903-1905
- Alexander T. Van Laer, 1905-1908
- Henry B. Snell, 1908-1910
- Frank Knox Morton Rehn, 1910-1911
- Carleton Wiggins, 1911-1913
- Charles Vezin, 1913-1914
- F. Ballard Williams, 1914-1919
- Emil Carlsen, 1919-1920
- J. Massey Rhind, 1920-1922
- Hobart Nichols, 1922-1924
- W. Granville Smith, 1924-1926
- Franklin De Haven, 1926-1929
- Bruce Crane, 1929-1933
- Louis Betts, 1933-1935
- George Elmer Brown, 1935-1937
- Frederick W. Hutchinson, 1937-1939
- Gordon Grant, 1939-1941
- George Lober, 1941-1944
- Frederick K. Detwiller, 1944-1946
- Henry O' Connor, 1946-1947
- Silvio B. Valerio, 1947-1949
- Percy Albee, 1949-1953
- Russell Rypsam, 1953-1955
- Henry Laussucq, 1955-1957
- Junius Allen, 1957-1959
- A. Henry Nordhausen, 1959-1963
- Francis Vandeveer Kughler, 1963-1966
- Martin Hannon, 1966-1970
- John N. Lewis, 1970-1976
- Martin Hannon, 1976-1977
- Raymond R. Goldberg, 1977-1979
- Richard Clive, 1979-1981
- Carl L. Thomson, 1981-1983
- Ruth B. Reininghaus, 1983-1987
- Edward A. Brennan, 1987-1990
- Kenneth W. Fitch, 1990-1991
- Robert Volpe, 1991-1994
- Richard C. Pionk, 1994- 2007
- Claudia Seymour, 2007-present
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- Traditional Fine Arts Organization, Inc (2005). "Salmagundi Club: An American Institution". Description of Dubuque Museum of Art exhibition, part of a two and a half year national tour of museums in eleven cities. "In 1917, with the support of its members, a Fifth Avenue brownstone was purchased and became their permanent home... and in 1957 was cited for its architectural distinction by both the Society of Architectural Historians and the Municipal Art Society. It is a fitting home for the oldest art club in America."
- "Affiliations". Salmagundi Club website.
- Anne Cohen DePietro (2005). "A Fertile Fellowship: The Rich History of the Salmagundi Club". Traditional Fine Arts Organization, Inc., San Clemente, California, and the Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, New York.
- Mara McGinnis (Oct 29 – Nov 04, 2003). "130-year-old Village arts club still flourishing". The Villager, Vol. 73, No. 26.
- "National Academy School of Fine Arts History". National Academy of Design website. "Lemuel Wilmarth was appointed the first full-time instructor in January 1870, by which time the school was located at Fourth Avenue and 23rd Street. Under Wilmarth's leadership, the number of classes and the enrollment increased, and new techniques, such as the quick-sketch, were introduced in response to changing esthetic criteria."
- Tom Fletcher, with thanks to the Museum of the City of New York. "Salmagundi Club Landmark". New York Architecture Images, exterior and interior.
- "Washington Irving". NNDB. "… a satirical miscellany entitled Salmagundi, or the Whim-Whams and Opinions of Launcelot Langstaff [pseudonym of Washington Irving] and Others, written in conjunction with his brother William and J. K. Paulding."
- William Henry Shelton (November 7, 1898). "Letter to the Editor: Salmagundi Club's Library". The New York Times, Saturday Review of Books and Art, Page BR770, abstract. Full text (PDF) published November 19, 1898.
- "F. K. M. Rehn, Artist, Dies. Ex-President of Salmagundi Club Stricken at Summer Home" (PDF). New York Times. July 8, 1914. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Salmagundi Club.|