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Frederick Oakes Sylvester Catalogue Raisonné Project

Frederick Oakes Sylvester

The St. Louis Mercantile Library Art Museum is currently researching the paintings of Frederick Oakes Sylvester (1869-1915) for a catalogue raisonné project. The project will document paintings in all media, including the tipped-in frontispiece watercolors in the one hundred copies of the deluxe first edition of The Great River: Poems and Pictures, produced by Sylvester in 1911. The catalogue will list all known works and include descriptions, inscriptions, signatures, and any known provenance.  Julie Dunn-Morton, Mercantile Library Endowed Curator of Fine Art Collections, is writing the catalogue.

We invite submission of all Sylvester artwork. Please submit each work on a separate form.  To submit information, please download a PDF of the catalogue raisonné submission form (2 Pages, 250 KB, PDF) or email dunnmortonj@umsl.edu. All information related to ownership of artwork in the catalogue raisonné is strictly confidential, and we will fully honor all requests for anonymity. 

The Mercantile Library at UMSL does not authenticate works of art.


  1. Provide a separate artwork submission form for each piece. Fill the form as completely as possible and sign where indicated.

  2. Please send a full photo, either print or digital, of the front, the verso (back), and detail images of any markings, including inscriptions, signature, and colophon of book for tipped-in paintings.

For more information, please email us at dunnmortonj@umsl.edu.

All materials submitted become property of the St. Louis Mercantile Library Art Museum.