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Archive containing manuscripts, correspondence, and original illustrations by Pulitzer Prize-winner Oliver Waterman Larkin
1970. A nice archive of Oliver Waterman Larkin (1896-1970, notable American art historian and educator), containing a collection of material by him and concerning the Pulitzer Prize which he won for his Art and Life in America (NY: Reinhart & Company, 1949). Included are the telegram awarding him the Pulitzer, 2 manuscript stories with original illustrations by him (many of which are signed), his original 1922 Italy sketch book, and original retained letters to him by a number of notable correspondents. The archive includes: · 22-page autograph manuscript fair copy of The Adventures of Columbine inscribed "To Columbine Herself, O.W.L.", being a large-format (15"x12") handwritten tale, dated 1919, with several pages of costume drawings done by Larkin in color pencils (stitching a little loose); · 20-page autograph manuscript faircopy of Francis Hopkinson's poem "The Battle of the Kegs" with original signed illustrations by Larkin, likely unpublished, as such; · 52-page autograph manuscript essay (with text on the rectos only) by Larkin dated 1918 titled The Influence of the Medieval Mystery Play Upon Contemporary Art, a work presumably written by him while he was at Harvard and containing a number of pencil sketches by Larkin of classical themes; · 60-page sketchbook, about two-thirds filled with pencil sketches and drawings by Larkin (presumably while in Italy) with the notation at front that it was purchased in Italy by him 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 as local characters who caught Larkin's eye as interesting, noteworthy, or 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; · the original Western Union telegram addressed to Prof. Oliver W. Larkin at Northampton, Mass. 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…"; · congratulatory letters from Herman Baron, Director of ACA Gallery, New York; · 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 and Life in America in the paper, as well as Goodrich's original signed letter with respect thereto; · a congratulatory letter to Larkin from Newton Arvin; · letter signed to Larkin complimenting Art and Life in America from Erwin O. Christensen, Curator of the National Gallery of Art; · original letter signed 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; · Letter from James Thrall Soby (author, critic, connoisseur, collector and patron of the arts) regarding Peter Larkin's work · 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; · 16 stanzas of typewritten verse, "S.F.B. Morse Sits for his Portrait at Locust Grove" dated 1961; · a copy of The Heart of a Clown, a repertory play, with the ownership signature of Ruth Lily McIntire, who later became Larkin's wife; · 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 the performers on the front free endpaper and dated April 1970, just months before Larkin's death. A number of other ephemeral pieces are included as well. The condition of most items in the archive is about very good overall, with some edge wear and soiling of the older materials. The contents of the original works and letters are very good.
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