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Augusto Floriano Jaccaci, 1857-1930

Nationality: American
Date of Birth: 1857
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Date of Death: 1930
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Augusto Floriano Jaccaci was a travel writer, art critic, editor and artist.

Life:

Jaccaci began his career as the art editor of the popular weekly periodical McClure's Magazine, before becoming the editor of Scribner's Magazine. He was the author of On the trail of Don Quixote; being a record of rambles in the ancient province of La Mancha, illustrated by Daniel Vierge, and published in New York by C. Scribner's Sons in 1896. Around 1896 Jaccaci was in correspondence with JW with regard to the reproduction of a number of his lithographs for an article by Elizabeth Robins Pennell in Scribner's Magazine (#02260).

Jaccaci himself was an artist and a pen and ink drawing by him, Pavilion of the Imperial College, Peking (1900) is held in the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division in Washington, DC.

From 1903 Jaccaci collaborated with John La Farge on Noteworthy Paintings in American Private Collections. The first volume was published by The August F. Jaccaci Company in New York in 1907. The company subsequently collapsed.

Jaccaci then became editor of the 'Art in America' section of the Burlington Magazine, and sought contributions from the painter and writer Kenyon Cox. He was a good friend of Roger Fry, who tried to persuade him to include a feature on Charles Lang Freer's Asian art collection. In 1912 he collaborated with Wilhelm Valentiner in founding Art in America, a periodical backed by Joseph Duveen.

Bibliography:

Santori, Flaminia Gennari, The Melancholy of Masterpieces: Old Masters Paintings in America, 1900–1914, Chicago, 2003.