Harry Twyford Peters


Harry Twyford Peters

Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Death 1 Jun 1948 (aged 66)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Great River, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 147503410 View Source

Son of Samuel Twyford Peters and Adeline Mapes Elder, husband of Natalie Wells and father of Harry T. Jr. and Natalie Peters (married Webster).

Obituary - Harry T. Peters, of St. Mark's Lane, Islip, L.I., coal merchant, Master of Hounds, and "pioneer rediscoverer" of Currier & Ives, the printmakers, died yesterday at his city residence, 136 East Seventy-ninth Street. He was 66 years old.

Born in Greenwich, Conn., a son of Samuel Twyford Peters and the former Adeline Mapes Elder, Mr. Peters was graduated from Columbia College in 1903, and then entered his father's wholesale coal firm, Williams & Peters. He continued in the coal business, was president of Willliams & Peters, Inc., at his death, and during the first World War served as chairman of the New York State Coal Conservation Committee. He was a trustee of the New York Trust Company, chairman of the board of the Fairbanks Company, and a director of the Peabody Coal Company.

From 1925 until recently Mr. Peters was Master or Co-Master of the Meadow Brook Hunt Club. For some years Harvey D. Gibson shared the honors at Meadow Brook, as, later, died Jackson Dykman. But on the merger of Meadow Brook with the Smithtown Hunt in 1933, Mr. Peters was named M.F.H. for the combined clubs.

A lifelong student and collector of Americana, who made himself an expert on prints, Mr. Peters became infatuated with the charm of the Currier & Ives lithographs. He is reputed to have been the first person to appreciate their artistic and historic importance, and he was largely responsible for making the American public aware of it.

He gathered a remarkable Currier & Ives collection of his own, and he prepared the two large volumes entitled "Currier & Ives: Printmakers to the American People," of which the second was issued in 1931. A year later appeared "America on Stone, The Other Printmakers to the American People." In 1942, "Currier & Ives," by Harry T. Peters, was published. It contained reproductions of prints in the author's collection, and selling at the comparatively modest price of five dollars, and with the support of the Book-Of-The-Month Club, it attained a wide sale throughout the country. Another book by Mr. Peters, "Just Hunting," told of his years with the hounds.

Long a member of the Westminster Kennel Club, Mr. Peters had often been an exhibitor or judge at the dog shows in Madison Square Garden. He was the youngest past president of the Grolier Club, and also belonged to the Century Association, the Piping Rock Club, and the Raquet and Tennis Club.

He leaves his wife, the former Natalie Wells; a daughter, Mrs. Natalie Peters Webster; a son, Harry T. Peters, Jr., and a sister, Mrs. Lousine Peters Tcherepnine, of this city.

(New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949, Reference ID cn 12797, GS Film Number 2134342; The New York Times, Wednesday, June 2, 1948, page 29)

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