Nebraska Blakelock Inventory
Title: Nebraska Blakelock
Quantity: 1800 items
Collection Number: MS 0227
Restrictions: Interested patrons and researchers must contact Dr. Norman Geske, Sheldon
Memorial Art Gallery, for access to the materials.
Copyright: To inquire about usage, please contact Archives & Special Collections,
University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries. For more information see the
Preferred Citation: Nebraska Blakelock Inventory (MS 0227). Archives & Special Collections,
University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.
Ralph Albert Blakelock was born in New York City in 1847. He studied art at the Free
Academy and Cooper Union but did not graduate. He continued to develop his skills in
landscape painting and held the first exhibition of his work at the National Academy
of Design in 1868. He is considered a part of the Hudson River School, which
consisted of painters that portrayed romantic landscapes in the eastern United
States. Throughout his life, Blakelock suffered from melancholia and spent the years
from 1899 until 1916 in an institution. After one of Blakelock's paintings sold at
public auction for $30,000, the popularity of his work increased and many forgeries
of his work were created. Blakelock died at age 72 in 1919.
Scope and Content:
The Blakelock materials contain files relating to the more than 1800 works attributed
to the artist. The materials are arranged into five categories: 1. those paintings
with uninterrupted provenance; 2. those paintings with incomplete provenance which
by comparison with works listed in category one can be accepted as Blakelock's work;
3. those which for reasons of condition or stylistic discrepancy must be regarded as
questionable; 4. those that are clearly not the work of the artist; 5. works in
public collections not directly examined by the inventory which may properly belong
in one of the four preceeding categories.
Blakelock, Ralph Albert 1847-1919
Painting, Modern -- 19th Century