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Archive Containing works with Original Illustrations - Larkin, Oliver Waterman - 1922. 
Very Good. An Excellent Oliver Waterman Larkin Archive containing a collection of material by and concerning Pulitzer Prize Winner Oliver Larkin, Author of "Art and Life in America": Including the Telegram awarding the Pulitzer, 2 Manuscript Stories with original illustrations by Larkin (many of which are signed by him, Larkin's original 1922 Italy sketch book, original letters to Larkin by notable persons, and more. The Archive e includes: (i) A handwritten copy of "The Adventures of Columbine" inscribed "To Columbine Herself O.W.L.", being a large-format (15" x 12") handwritten tale, dated 1919, 22 pages and with several pages of costume drawings done by Larkin in color pencils (pages are loose); (ii) a handwritten 20-page copy of Francis Hopkinson's poem "The Battle of the Kegs" with original signed illustrations by Oliver Larkin which copy, and as far as we can tell, being unpublished in this form; (iii) 1919 52-page handwritten report (with text on the rectos only) by Oliver Waterman Larkin dated 1918 and titled "The Influence of the Medieval Mystery Play Upon Contemporary Art", a work presumably written by Larkin while he was at Harvard and containing a number of pencil sketches by Larkin of classical themes; (iv) a 60-page sketchbook, about 2/3 filled with pencil sketches and drawings by Oliver Larkin (presumably while in Italy) with the notation at front that it was purchased in Italy by Larkin in 1922 and with his address while there (c/o American Express in Firenze), the sketches being mostly of an architectural and landscape nature, as well of presumably local individuals who caught Larkin's eye as interesting or noteworthy and occasionally humorous - most of the drawings are identified. Two of the rear pages contain some notations on Larkin's travel itinerary and expenses. Larkin's talent as an artist is here very evident as he captures the essence of the Italian country and cityscapes succinctly and accurately; (v) the Original Western Union telegram addressed to Prof. Oliver W. Larkin at Northampton Massachusetts dated May 1, 1950 from Grayson L. Kirk Provost of Columbia University stating "On Behalf of President Eisenhower I have the honor to advise that University Trustees have Awarded the Pulitzer Prize to Art and Life in America for Distinguished Book on History"; (vi) congratulatory letters from Herman Baron, Director of ACA Gallery New York (vii) a copy of a letter sent to Francis Brown Editor of the New York Times by Lloyd Goodrich Assoc. Director of the Whitney Museum, protesting a review of "Art & Life in America" in the paper, as well as the Goodrich's original signed letter to Larkin with respect thereto; (viii) a congratulatory letter to Larkin from Newton Arvin; (ix) original letter signed to Larkin complimenting "Art and Life in America" from Erwin O. Christensen Curator at the National Gallery of Art; (x) original signed letter from Robert Edmund Jones [(1887-1954) American scenic, lighting, and costume designer credited with incorporating the new stagecraft into the American drama] referring to some of Peter Larkin's (Oliver Larkin's son) drawings and expressing his views regarding Pete Larkin's creative abilities; (xi) Letter from James Thrall Soby regarding Peter Larkin's work (xii) original letter to Oliver Larkin and enclosing a not-present copy of a recent paper by artist Irene Rice Pereira with a request for Guggenheim reference; (xiii) typewritten 16 stanzas of verse, "S.F.B. Morse Sits for his Portrait at Locust Grove" dated 1961; (xix) a copy of "The Heart of a Clown" repertory play, with the ownership signature of Ruth Lily McIntire, who later became O. Larkin's wife; (xx) a copy of Bill Baird's "L'art des Marionettes" with a flyer for "The Oliver Larkin Puppets Program" affixed to the front pastedown and giving the details of the same, and with the inscription of performers "From the Admirateurs of "Lark" and Georgie Shaw" signed by performers on the front free endpaper and dated April 1970, just months before Larkin's death. The condition of most items in the Archive is about Very Good overall, with some edge wear and soiling to the older materials. The contents of the original works and letters are very good. An Excellent Archive of interesting material relating to the life and creative activities of one of America's most important educators and proponents of art, including a goodly number of original sketches and drawings by Oliver Waterman Larkin (1896-1970), the notable American art historian and educator.
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