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Title Arthur Gibbes Burton Papers
Creator Burton, Arthur Gibbes
Other Creators Hibbard, Aldro
Dates of Creation ca. 1860-1988
Scope & Content The Arthur Gibbes Burton material is divided into six series: Drawings, Architectural Drawings, Publications, Photographs, Art Related, and Personal Life. Drawings include two sketchbooks and various sketches of landscape scenes. Architectural drawings are included for two different houses. Publications include postcards and proofs as well as booklets from local institutions that include Burton's work. There is also a magazine with an article on his Newfane house.

Photographs include a folder of Burton's paintings and several folders of ancestors, friends and family as well as landscapes in Widham County, Vermont, some snapshots and some professional photographs.

Art related material includes holiday cards and notes from other artists, including Aldro Hibbard as well as exhibition checklists for Burton and other artists. Study prints of Impressionist masters, which may have influenced his work and two binders containing essays from his time at Pratt are also included.

Personal material gives some family history and scattered papers related to Burton's life.
Administrative/Biographical History Orphaned at age 11, Burton was raised by his aunt and uncle Clara and Jacob Groesbeck who financed his art education at Pratt. He graduated Pratt in 1907 and received additional training from Eugene C. Wayland in Hoosick Falls. Married in 1915 and taught art in public schools in New York. During WWI he put his artistic skills to use creating camouflage for navel vessels. The couple moved to Newfane, Vermont in 1927 and Burton painted many and exhibited several works.

In 1942 the Burtons moved to Newtown, Connecticut where they built a home and studio. Mary died there June 21, 1946 and Burton moved back to Vermont soon after. He constructed a modest home in Brookline and continued to paint and draw. he did a series of sketches of historic landmarks for Vermont History magazine in 1955-1957. In 1958 he moved to his final residence in Townsend, Vermont.

Burton was a member of the Southern Vermont Arts Center and a one man show of his work was held there in 1954. He was a friend of Aldro Hibbard, another Impressionist artist in the area. Burton was largely forgotten after his death until 1988 when a cache of paintings, drawings and notes were found in his former home in Townsend. At that point a large exhibition and sale was organized by Tom and Judy Platt in there Garden Gallery in Londonderry, Vermont. About 150 paintings and 100 drawings were sold at that time.
Related People Burton, Arthur Gibbes
Hibbard, Aldro
Credit line Gift of Judith and Thomas Platt
Catalog Number 2011.75
Containers Drawings: Sketchbooks
Drawings: Mounted Pencil Drawings
Drawings: Loose Pencil Drawings
Publications: Postcards and Proofs
Publications: Vermont Portraits
Publications: Booklets
Publications: Women's Day magazine
Photographs: Burton's Paintings
Photographs: Childhood and ancestors
Photographs: Family, Studio, Vermont
Photographs: Woodstock Studio and Newfane Creche
Photographs: Local Scenes and Landmarks
Art Related: Cards and material from other artists
Art Related: Exhibitions by Others
Art Related: Exhibitions including Burton
Art Related: Study Prints of Impressionist Paintings
Art Related: Art Student Notebooks
Personal Life: Family History
Personal Life: Hoosick Falls High School
Personal Life: WWI Employment
Personal Life: Poems
Personal Life: Deed for wife's burial plot, and death date
Personal Life: Masonic, Church and death related
Architectural Drawings
Providence Lithograph Company Calendar