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Merle Armitage (1893-1975) Art Collection
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The Merle Armitage collection was acquired in the 1970s and consists of Armitage's personal collection of paintings, drawings, magazine page spreads, and placemats. Many of the prints appeared in Western Family and Look magazines. A series of eagle drawings, landscape paintings of the Southwest, and art works by and relating to Merle Armitage are also present.


Artine Artinian (1907-2005) Art Collection
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Related Materials: Artine Artinian papers, Artine Artinian literary file
The Artine Artinian art collection consists of over 400 portraits of French writers, artists, and notable French society celebrities, dating from 1880 to 1940. The portrait collection includes paintings, drawings, engravings, caricatures, and cartoons by artists such as Robert Kastor, Guy de Maupassant, Pazzi, George Izambard, and Max Jacob. The collection also includes over 500 color lithographic magazine covers for Les Hommes D' Aujourd 'hui. Most of the covers were executed by "Coll-Toc" [C. H. Decaux] and André Gill.


Don Bachardy (1934- ) Art Collection
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Related Materials: Christopher Isherwood Collection
The Don Bachardy Art Collection comprises eleven original portrait drawings by Don Bachardy. Most are of well-known figures and acquaintances, as rendered in ink, conté crayon, pastel, or charcoal. Subjects include Christopher Isherwood, Tennessee Williams, Lillian Hellman, and Anais Nin.


Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) Art Collection
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Related Materials: Aubrey Beardsley Collection
The Beardsley collection includes drawings, illustrations, lithographs, and reproductions. Illustrations by the artist are found in Salome by Oscar Wilde, Lucien's True History, and Tales by Edgar Allan Poe. Many of the drawings are scenes of women, and many of the works are initialed and inscribed. The collection was acquired in the 1960s.


Max Beerbohm (1872-1956) Art Collection
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The collection includes over 150 original works by Beerbohm, primarily caricatures of early 20th century London celebrities and political figures. In addition, there are two drawings of Beerbohm done by Sir Osbert Lancaster and by Frank Richardson. Related artwork and portraits of Beerbohm are also found in the Alfred A. Knopf, Albert Rutherston and Sir William Rothenstein Collections. The Ransom Center also holds Beerbohm materials in the Manuscripts Collection.


John Biggers
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Related Materials: Limited Editions Club collection
The John Biggers Collection includes illustrations for John Mason Brewer's Aunt Dicy Tales (1956), and a portfolio of lithographs for Maya Angelou's Our Grandmothers (1994) in the Limited Editions Club Collection. There are also John Biggers materials in the Ransom Center's Library.


William Blake (1757-1827) Art Collection
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The William Blake Art Collection is comprised of six drawings and fifteen prints. The drawings include designs for the Book of Los and John Milton's Paradise Lost as well as proofs of eleven plates for Illustrations of the Book of Job. There is also a portrait drawing of Blake by Frederick Tatham. The Ransom Center holds additional Blake materials in its Library, including a volume of Poetical Sketches (1783), three copies of Illustrations of the Book of Job (1825), and a volume of Songs of Innocence (1789), one of eleven copies hand-colored by Blake.


Peter Blum Edition Art Collection
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The collection comprises twelve art editions and one separately published print. Fourteen different artists are represented: Americans John Baldessari, Jonathan Borofsky, Eric Fischl, and James Turrell; Italians Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, and Enzo Cucchi; Swiss Martin Disler, Anselm Stalder, and Rolf Winnewisser; German A. R. Penck; and the Canadian collaborative group, General Idea (A. A. Bronson, Felix Partz, and Jorge Zontal).


Dorothy Brett (1883-1977) Art Collection
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Related Materials: Dorothy Brett literary file
This collection consists primarily of portraits by Brett of Aldous Huxley, D. H. Lawrence, and Robinson Jeffers, including a portrait (etching) of Brett by Mark Luca.


Frank Budgen (1882-1971) Art Collection
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Related Materials: James Joyce collection
The Frank Budgen collected works include 16 charcoal drawings of human figures, male and female, an oil painting of James Joyce, and a series of three oils of James and Nora Joyce.


Coleridge Family Art Collection
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The Coleridge family collection consists of portraits of family members by artists such as Matilda Bensham and C. R. Leslie. One piece is dated 1853. The items include paintings, drawings, lithographs, and reproductions.


Philip Core (1951-1989) Art Collection
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Related Materials: Nancy Cunard Collection
The works include a portrait of John Betjemen and a painting of Nancy Cunard dancing with Brian Howard.


Gregory Corso (1930- ) Art Collection
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Related Materials: Gregory Corso collection
The art by Gregory Corso consists of over 100 drawings. Subjects include self-portraits, landscapes, human figures, nature, animals, and street scenes. Most of the images in the drawings are abstract and some are signed but have no dates. Illustrations for Earth Egg, a poem by Corso, are also present.


Miguel Covarrubias (1904-1957)
Adriana and Tom Williams collection of Miguel Covarrubias (1917-2006)
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Related Materials: Nickolas Muray Collection of Mexican Art
Miguel Covarrubias is best known as a gifted illustrator, muralist, writer, and anthropologist. The Miguel Covarrubias art collection is part of a larger collection of research material compiled by Covarrubias' biographer, Adriana Williams, and her husband Tom. The Williams collection comprises 183 items, including 168 original works and 15 posters. See also: The Nickolas Muray Collection of Mexican Art for a listing of over 90 artworks by Covarrubias.


Edward Gordon Craig (1872-1966) Art Collection
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Related Materials: Ransom Center manuscripts, Ransom Center performing arts collections
The Craig art collection consists of works by Craig and his son, Edward Anthony Craig (pseudonym Edward Carrick). Published and unpublished portraits and landscapes are found in a variety of media, including crayon drawings, woodcuts, engravings, lithographs, proofs, bookplates, and paintings.


Thomas Mabry Cranfill (1913-1995) Art Collection
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The Thomas M. Cranfill collection was acquired in batches and over time from the 1950s to the 1960s. This large collection consists of paintings, prints, engravings, and sculpture. Latin-American works and Japanese ukiyo-e are prevalent. Artists from the Americas include Diego Rivera, Picasso, Mauve, style, Ming Dynasty pieces (Chinese ink on silk), Julian Onderdonk, Louis-Marin Bonnet, Kelly Fearing, Raymond Everett, Rodolfo Hurtado, Jean Charlot, John Wesley Jarvis, Arthur Learned, Jesus Reyes, Donald Goff/Saff, Yves Ganne, Gordon Grant, Ernest Fiene, Gonzalo Ariza, Peggy Bacon, Henri Matisse, Trinidad Osorio, T. S. Boys, Paul Antragne, Frederico Cantu, Juan Manuel de la Rosa, George Oudot, and Lurcat. Subjects include Japanese prints, Latin-American art themes, Texana and early Texas art, portraits, still life, French, German, and British prints, and illustrations.


George Cruikshank (1792-1878) Art Collection
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The collection of George Cruikshank, English caricaturist and illustrator, comprises etchings, steel engravings, wood engravings, printing plates, and blocks. The collection includes sketches and drawings for book illustrations, magazines, broadsides, and pamphlets. The collected works span his entire career, from his 1803 etching, The Wonderful Mill, to works done in the 1870s. There are also a few works by his father, Isaac Cruikshank, his brother, Isaac Robert Cruikshank, and his nephew, George Cruikshank, including 30 watercolor illustrations by his nephew for Richard Harris Barham's The Ingoldsby Legends, 1875.

Among Cruikshank's book illustrations are colored etchings for William Hone's The Everyday book, or Everlasting calendar or popular amusements, 1825-1826; etchings for William Hone's The Queen's matrimonial ladder, 1826; etchings from John Bowring's Minor morals for young people, 1834-1839; both etchings (or glyphographs) and reproductions from Cruikshank's The Bottle, 1847. There is also a copy of Cruikshank's Mayhew's Great Exhibition of 1851.

The collection includes many prints and broadsides that were published separately, including Cruikshank's portrait of George Washington (engraved by Davenport) and three proofs of different states of the steel engraving, The Worship of Bacchus, 1864. Other prints include engravings designed by Cruikshank but executed by other engravers, including T. Bolton, Davenport, F. W. Pailthorpe, Roberts, Rouse, J. C. Thompson, Thomas Williams, and others; there are also prints designed by others (A. Crowquill, Woodward) and etched by Cruikshank.

Other artwork includes etchings of caricatures and portraits of Cruikshank by D. J. Pound, Daniel Maclise, Gillot, and others, and a watercolor and pencil caricature of Cruikshank by Sem [i.e., Georges Goursat]; a self-portrait etching of Robert Cruikshank; an etched portrait of Cruikshank's early publisher, William Hone "from a sketch by George Cruikshank," signed "AB"; a few engravings satirizing Cruikshank's The Bottle; and Cruikshank's calling card.


E. E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings (1894-1962) Art Collection
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Related Materials: E. E. Cummings collection
The Cummings collection consists of 84 original works by this poet and visual artist including oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, and sketchbooks. Among the original works are self-portraits as well as portraits of Marion Morehouse, Anne Barton, and his sister, Elizabeth Cummings. Also included in the collection are paintings of New Hampshire landscapes and many anatomical studies of humans and animals.


Nancy Cunard (1896-1965) Art Collection
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Related Materials: Nancy Cunard collection
The Cunard art collection consists of drawings, prints, photographs, a scrapbook, and a needlepoint related to Nancy Cunard. Artists in the collection include John Banting, Augustus John, Wyndham Lewis, H. Viers, and Harry Bright. Subjects include portraits of Cunard, Norman Douglas, George Moore, and Abraham Lincoln, landscape drawings, and abstract drawings.


Zdzislaw Czermanski (1896-1970) Art Collection
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The Czermanski collection consists of fifty satirical portraits of famous artists, writers, conductors and architects of the 20th century such as Marc Chagall, T. S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, Igor Stravinski and Frank Lloyd Wright. All works are mixed-media combining one or more of the following: tempera, watercolor, chalk, charcoal, graphite pencil, and colored pencil.


Charles Dickens (1812-1870) Art Collection
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Related Materials: Charles Dickens literary file
The Charles Dickens art collection includes over 1,000 illustrations of Dickens's works, including his fictional characters and their locations. The collection includes paintings, drawings, prints, photomechanical reproductions, postcards, plates, clippings, and portfolios.

Among the illustrations are works by Robert Seymour, Robert Buss, and F. W. Pailthorpe, Hablot Knight Browne, Thomas Onwhyn, F. W. Pailthorpe, William Sharp, Everett Shinn, and Cecil Aldin. There are over 800 trial proofs pulled in 1936 from the original plates and woodblocks of Dickens's contemporary illustrators in preparation for The Nonesuch Dickens (Bloomsbury: Nonesuch Press, 1937-1938).

Other artwork includes prints by Frederick Barnard, Solomon Eytinge, Sir Francis Carruthers Gould, Joseph Kenny Meadows, Cyril Saunders Spackman, Gerald M. Burn, and Alfred Rimmer; watercolor drawings of Dickens's characters by Kyd (pseud. of Joseph Clayton Clark); three published portfolios; drawings by Frederick Barnard, dated 1884, 1885, and 1887; and a published portfolio of reproductions of drawings by Charles Dana Gibson of Dickens's characters.

Portraiture and other biographical works include works by Alfred Crowquill, Augustus Egg, Charles Robert Leslie, R. Taylor after the miniature portrait by Margaret Gillies, Walter Crane, J. Reading, H. Blackburne Harte, Buttre, Charles Henry Jeens after Daniel Maclise's portrait, J. M. Johnstone, Sir Luke Fildes, an anonymous oil portrait, and engraved portraits. The collection also has the steel plate for Samuel Hollyer's 1875 engraving of Dickens in his study.


J. Frank Dobie (1888-1964) Art Collection
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Related Materials: Tom Lea art collection, Texas Artists-Art of the Western Frontier, as well as materials in the manuscripts, books, and photography collections
The Dobie art collection consists of drawings, paintings, sculpture, illustrations, and lithographs collected by J. Frank Dobie. Notable artists represented in the collection include Tom Lea, Molina Campos, Frederic Remington, C. M. Russell, Sir William Rothenstein, E. Castells Capurro, Howard Cook, Kelly Fearing, Samuel Howitt, Erwin Smith, John James Audubon, Hermann Lungkwitz, A. Bartsch, and Ben Carlton Mead. Prevalent subjects include portraits of Dobie and his circle, Japanese prints, Texana and early Texas art, Latin-American and Native-American art, landscapes, and nature scenes.


Hugo Dreyfuss Art Collection
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Related Materials: Emanuel Romano art collection
The Hugo Dreyfuss art collection consists of sketchbooks, woodcuts, prints, paintings, bound books, and figurative sculpture by Henry Glicenstein and his son, painter/printmaker Emanuel Romano. The works of Glicenstein consist primarily of busts carved in either stone or wood; Romano's works consist of paintings, prints, woodcuts, and sketchbooks. His subjects include portraits of Marianne Moore, Tennessee Williams, William Carlos Williams, and other literary figures. Prints for The Wasteland by T. S. Eliot, and sketchbooks with illustrations for Songs For Ever by Archibald MacLeish and The Immortal Liar by Conrad Aiken are included. The Glicenstein sculptures are of Beethoven, Jeremiah, Sphinx, Spinora, Sibyl, Mrs. Carla Glicenstein, and one entitled "Awakening." The works span the dates between 1900 and 1967.


John Foster Dulles (1888-1959) Family Art Collection
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Related Materials: personal effects collection
The Dulles family collection consists of paintings, drawings, and prints that form a larger collection of decorative art. Subjects and images include political cartoons, Chinese and Japanese prints and drawings, portraits of Dulles family members, landscapes, and still-lifes by various artists.


David Douglas Duncan (1916- ) Art Collection
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Related Materials: David Douglas Duncan papers and photographs The Duncan art collection consists of colorfully inscribed and dedicated (Picasso) books, etchings, scratchboard engravings, paintings, drawings, and cardboard caricatures. Artists in the collection include Pablo Picasso, Claude and Paloma Picasso, Andre Villers, Dorle Lindner, Wes Herschensohn, Dominique Charton, Kees Verkade, and various others. Some of the works are signed and/or dated by the artists. Duncan shared a friendship with Picasso and was one of his primary photographers.


Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) Art Collection
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The works of Albrecht Dürer consist of seven woodcuts depicting religious characters and figures of men, women, and children.


European Popular Imagery Collection (ca. 1300-1800)
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The European Popular Imagery collection comprises 822 European prints, paintings, and drawings, most dating from the 16th through 18th centuries. Prints make up the bulk of the collection, with 686 intaglios (including seventeen mezzotints), 115 woodcuts, one wood engraving, and six lithographs. There are fourteen unique drawings and paintings. Six of the works are on vellum, and there is an engraving on silk. Almost half of the works have German titles and/or text; other predominant languages are French, Latin, Dutch, and Italian. There are a few works with English or Spanish text.


Peter Evershed (1925- ) Art Collection
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The works by Peter Evershed consist of portrait drawings of Frieda Lawrence, Dylan Thomas, W. H. Auden, Dorothy Brett, and Mervyn Levy. The works are signed or stamped and dated between 1945 and 1952.


Saul Field (1912-1987) Art Collection
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The Field collection includes 12 embossed color engravings by Saul Field entitled the Bloomsday Suite. Each print is titled, signed, and numbered 9/25. The works illustrate the book Bloomsday an Interpretation of James Joyce's "Ulysses" by Saul Field and Morton P. Levitt. The collection also includes three posters announcing the 1969 Second International Joyce Symposium held in Dublin, Ireland.


Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970) Art Collection
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The Erle Stanley Gardner collection was acquired by the Ransom Center in the 1970s. Along with memorabilia, books, and papers, the collection contains over 300 drawings, paintings, and prints. Most images illustrate Gardner's detective fiction stories for the Perry Mason series. Artists in the collection include James Bingham, Frank Thorne, Mel Keefer, Lolgren, Hal Keefer, and Raphael De Soto.


Golden Cockerel Press Art Collection, 1924-1929
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The Golden Cockerell Press art collection consists of engraved wooden blocks and some prints for illustrations in the press publications. The items are by 28 artists and a few unknowns. Illustrators represented in the collection include Robert Giddings, Eric Gill, Peter Barker-Mill, Lettice Sandford, John Farleigh, Clifford Webb, Eric Ravillious, and Gwenda Morgan, and are dated between 1924 and 1929.


Edward Gorey (1925-2000) Art Collection
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The works of Edward Gorey consist of illustrations for his books, including The Edward Gorey Nursery Frieze. The works include drawings, lithographs, etchings, and prints. The images are scenes of men, women, and children.


William Goyen (1915-1983) Art Collection
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The William Goyen Art Collection comprises eighteen works from his archive. These include works by his Taos, New Mexico associates Frieda Lawrence, her second husband, Angelo Ravagli, and Dorothy Brett. There are two portrait drawings of Goyen: one attributed to Don Bachardy and one by Joseph Glasco. The Ransom Center also has materials from Goyen's archives in its Manuscripts Collection, Library, and Photography Collection.


T. Edward Hanley (1893-1969) Art Collection
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Related Materials: T. Edward Hanley library
The Hanley art collection helped form the nucleus of the art collection in its beginnings. It consists of sculpture, prints, drawings, and paintings holding associative literary value. The collection contains portraits of Walt Whitman, Ellen Terry and Henry Irving, Rudyard Kipling, George Bernard Shaw, G. K. Chesterton, and Robert Louis Stevenson. Artists in the collection include Alken, Bernard Partridge, William Strang, Ernest Marriott, G. K. Chesterton, James McNeill Whistler, Benjamin Kopman, Dan Smith, William Strang, Denis Tegetmeier, E. Boudin, and William Blake.


Desmond Harmsworth (1930-1990) Art Collection
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The artwork by Desmond Harmsworth consists of drawings and paintings. The works are portraits of James Joyce, Norman Douglas, Osbert Sitwell, Sylvia Beach, Stuart Gilbert, and Havelock Ellis. One of the Joyce portraits dates to 1932.


William Penhallow Henderson (1877-1943) Art Collection
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Related Materials: Alice Corbin Henderson collection
While primarily a visual artist, Taos, New Mexico resident William Penhallow Henderson was also a successful architect and furniture designer. The collection consists of almost 400 drawings, prints, and paintings by Henderson, including portraits, landscapes, documentary drawings of Navajo sand paintings, designs for the Navajo Museum, and sketches of people, animals, and nature.


Augustus John (1878-1961) Art Collection
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The Collection consists of ten portraits on paper (drawings, etchings, and reproductive prints) of the artist's well-known English contemporaries. The Manuscripts Collection holds Augustus John's letters to Dora Carrington, Edward Gordon Craig, and Lady Ottoline Morrell.


Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. (1919-1969) Art Collection
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Related Materials: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. records, Alfred A. and Blanche Knopf library
The art works in the Knopf collection form part of a large collection that includes the Knopf library, records collection, decorative items, and furniture. Visual materials include prints, drawings, reproductions, photographs, and illustrations. Artists in the collection include Walter Richards, John Taylor Arms, Pamela Bianco, W. Kelly, T. B. Modell, Joy Adamson, James Rosenberg, Paoli Gauguin, Miguel Covarrubias, George Bellows, George Cruikshank, and Jack Butler Yeats. Subjects include French prints, music, portraits, and posters of the Pacific, among others.


Carlton Lake (1915-2006) Art Collection
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The Carlton Lake Art Collection is comprised of paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by modern French artists, most of whom had some connection to the French literary scene. The works of Christian Bérard, Félix Hilaire Buhot, Jean Cocteau, Raoul Dufy, André Hellé, Jean Hugo, Valentine Hugo, Berthe Morisot, Armand Rassenfosse, Odilon Redon, Arthur Rimbaud, Sir Francis Rose, and Ivan Thiele dominate the collection. Other prominent artists represented include Bac, Berrichon, Bonnard, Calder, Cézanne, Cosway, Dumas fils, Ionesco, de Groux, Jacob, John, Marceau, Monnier, Picasso, Rodin, Stein, and Toulouse-Lautrec. Related materials are found in the Lake collections in Photography, the Library, and the Manuscript collections.


D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930) Art Collection
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The collection consists of art works by D. H. Lawrence including oil paintings, hand-painted ceramics, prints and sketches. Also included in the collection are works by other artists including Collingwood Gee, Kai Gotzsche, Knud Merrild, Justin Murray, and Jo Davidson. D. H. Lawrence materials are also found in the Photography, Library, and Manuscript collections.


T. E. Lawrence (1888–1935) Art Collection
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Related Materials: T. E. Lawrence collection and T. E. Lawrence literary files collection
This collection includes art works by and related to T. E. Lawrence, including a sketchbook, illustrations, sculpture, drawings, and paintings. Other artists in the collection include Eric Kennington, Gilbert Spencer, William Roberts, William Rothenstein, Wyndham Lewis, and Robert Darrouzet. Pastel drawings by Kennington are of subjects included in Lawrence's book Seven Pillars of Wisdom, published in 1926. Other works in the collection consist of busts of Lawrence, portraits of Lawrence, and book illustrations.


Tom Lea (1907-2001) Art Collection
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Related Materials: Texas Artists-Art of the Western Frontier
The Sarah and Tom Lea art collection consists of the artist's personal art works, including book illustrations, paintings, drawings, and lithographs. The subjects include Texana art, landscapes, portraits, bullfighting scenes, WWII images, and illustrations for books by Lea, such as The Wonderful Country, The Brave Bulls, and The Primal Yoke, and illustrations for books by J. Frank Dobie.


Pierre Legrain (1889-1929) Art Collection
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Two albums of Pierre Legrain's original binding designs, 1918-1929 are composed of various graphic media including collage and Legrain's handwritten instructions for artisans to execute the designs. Thirty black and white photographs of finished book bindings are mounted next to corresponding designs. The Ransom Center's Library has seventeen books in original bindings by Legrain; the designs for three of these books (Pierre Legrain, relieur numbers 4, 416, and 618) are included in the Art Collection's Legrain volumes.


Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957) Art Collection
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The collection consists of nine portraits (eight drawings and one lithograph) and one self-portrait by this writer, critic and artist. Portrait subjects include G. K. Chesterton, T. S. Eliot, J. Joyce, T. E. Lawrence, E. Pound, and J. B. Priestley. The collection also includes two watercolor landscapes by his mother, Anne Stuart Lewis.


Limited Editions Club (1988-2001)
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The collection includes eighteen signed artists' portfolios; fourteen of the artists are American, including eight African Americans. Also included are portfolios by the French artists Balthus and Henri Cartier-Bresson, and the Italian artist Francesco Clemente.


George Macy Companies: Limited Editions Club (1929-1985) & The Heritage Press (1935-1970) Art Collection ca. 1930-1967
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The collection consists of original works of art used in Limited Editions Club publications including a few that were used for The Heritage Press. Over 100 artists are represented, including Miguel Covarrubias, Maynard Dixon, Andrew Derain, Roger Duvoisin, Robert Giddings, Bernard Lamotte, Reginald Marsh, and Edward A. Wilson. The collection includes original watercolors; pen and ink, wash, and charcoal drawings; colored overlays; proofs; original photographs; and photographic negatives.


Henry Miller (1891-1980) Art Collection
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Related Materials: Sandford Collection of Henry Miller
The Henry Miller collection includes self-portraits, several abstract works in watercolor, screen prints by Bezalel Schatz of a design by Miller, proofs of screen prints from Miller's collaboration with Schatz, and the portfolio of facsimile prints of Miller's Insomnia, or The Devil at Large (1971). Also found in the collection are artworks by other artists including a portrait of Miller, and a drawing by Miller's wife, Eve.


Nickolas Muray (1892-1965) Collection of Mexican Art
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Related Materials: Miguel Covarrubias collection
The collection contains over 100 pieces of art assembled by New York fashion photographer Nickolas Muray. Ninety of the works are by Miguel Covarrubias including his caricatures, book illustrations and set designs. The rest of the collection is composed mostly of paintings by Fernando Castillo, Frida Kahlo, Guillermo Meza, Roberto Montenegro, Rafael Navarro, Juan Soriano, and Rufino Tamayo. See also: Adriana and Tom Williams Collection of Miguel Covarrubias artwork.


Ogden Nash (1902–1971) Art Collection
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Related Materials: Ogden Nash collection and Ogden Nash literary files
The Nash art collection consists of over 80 pencil sketches and cartoons.


Elizabeth Olds (1896-1991)
Emmett L. Hudspeth Art Collection
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Elizabeth Olds attended the Art Students' League in New York as a scholarship student, where she studied under George Luks and other Social Realists. The collection comprises 853 items, including 847 original works. These are organized into two series: I. Works by Elizabeth Olds, and II. Works by Other Artists. A group of photographs are described as Series III., Photographic Materials.


Elizabeth Olds (1896-1991)
Benjamin O. Rees Art Collection
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The collection comprises 75 original works on paper by Olds. Of these, 74 of were given to the Ransom Center by Benjamin O. Rees; a screen print was the gift of his daughter-in-law Caroline Bridgman-Rees. These are organized into two series: I. Works by Elizabeth Olds, and II. Works by Other Artists. A group of photographs are described as Series III., Photographic Materials.


The Popular Imagery Collection (circa 14th-19th centuries) Art Collection
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The Popular Imagery collection comprises 822 European prints, paintings, and drawings, most of which date from the 16th through 18th centuries. The collection covers a tremendous variety of subject matter: political and religious satire, social allegory, science and technology, advertising, erotica, dance of death imagery, and historical events. Almost half of the works have German titles and/or text; other predominant languages are French, Latin, Dutch, and Italian. There are a few works with English or Spanish text. Links to Images are included in the finding aid.


José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913) Art Collection
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The art collection holds theater cards, albums, prints (zincographs), broadsides, and hundreds of this important Mexican artist and illustrator's corridas y calaveras. Scenes and themes illustrate and describe bullfighting, public buildings, hard times, marriage, bandit heroes, execution, natural disasters, and more.


Poster Collection (20th century) Art Collection
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Combined from private collections and state agencies, the Art Collection holds over 3000 posters published in the United States, Europe and Latin America during WWI, WWII, and the Spanish Civil War. The collection also contains early, 20th century travel posters from a variety of nations.


Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) Art Collection
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The Rackham art collection includes original illustrations and commercial reproductions of Rackham's work. Rackham's illustrations are found in Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe, Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen, and Rackham's own books such as Arthur Rackham's Fairy Book. The collection also includes an illustration from Father Christmas's Book-Tea, which features some of the artist's celebrated Christmas drawings.


Frank Reaugh (1860-1945) Art Collection
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Related Materials: Texas Artists-Art of the Western Frontier
The Frank Reaugh art collection includes over 200 art works in pastel, oil, charcoal, and pen and ink. Subjects include Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming landscapes; rural buildings and fences; ruins; various domestic and wild animals including Longhorns; detailed studies of native flora; dramatic weather conditions; and the large-scale series of seven pastel drawings titled Twenty-four Hours with the Herd.


Diego Rivera (1886-1957) Art Collection
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The Diego Rivera collection consists of one oil painting, three watercolors, one crayon drawing, two lithographs dating to the 1930s, and one pastel drawing found in the Dudley Winn Smith Collection. Subjects include market scenes, scenes of daily life, and a self-portrait, circa 1935. An additional work by Rivera, a portrait drawing of Jean Cocteau, is found in the Carlton Lake Art Collection. Three related works by Rivera's wife, Frida Kahlo, are found in the Art Collection's Nickolas Muray Collection of Mexican Art.


Emanuel Romano (1897-1984)
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The art of Emanuel Romano consists of portrait paintings and drawings. Subjects include T. S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, Carson McCullers, W. H. Auden, Andre Gide, and Tennessee Williams.


Alvin and Ethel Romansky Art Collection
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Alvin Sylvan Romansky, an art collector and patron, was an active figure in the cultural affairs of Houston and one of the founders of the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. The Alvin and Ethel Romansky Art Collection consists mainly of prints and drawings from the 19th and 20th centuries. It is organized into two series: I. Graphic Arts, 1768-1987, and II. French and German Works, ca. 1800-1915. The collection includes works by well-known twentieth century artists such as American artists Alexander Calder, Man Ray, and Andy Warhol; European artists Salvador Dali, Käthe Kollwitz, and Joan Miró and Mexican artists Jose Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. There are prints by Pre-Raphaelite artists Sir John Everett Millais and Holman Hunt and portraits of well-known subjects such as Charles Baudelaire, Georges Braque, Marcel Duchamp, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

The French and German Works primarily reflect Romansky's interest in the political upheavals in France during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The Ransom Center also has Alvin and Ethel Romansky Collection materials in its Library, its Manuscripts Collection, and its Photography Collection.


Sir William Rothenstein (1872-1945) Art Collection
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The collection consists of 34 original works of art, dating between 1896 and 1944 by William Rothenstein. The works (drawings, lithographs, and one oil painting) are portraits of various important figures who were contemporaries of the artist. Subjects include: Max Beerbohm, Edward Carpenter, R. B. Cunninghame Graham, Albert Einstein, André Gide, Edmund Gosse, Harley Granville-Barker, Henry James, Florence Kahn, Eric Kennington, Frederic Manning, George William Russell, George Bernard Shaw, James Stevens, Dame Ellen Terry, W. B. Yeats and many more.

The Art Collection also has two caricatures by Max Beerbohm of William Rothenstein in its Max Beerbohm Collection. The Ransom Center's Manuscripts and Photography Collections also have Rothenstein material.


Charles Marion Russell (American, 1864-1926)
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Related Materials: J. Frank Dobie art collection
The original artworks of Charles Marion Russell include three watercolor paintings, six ink drawings, three illustrated letters, and six bronze sculptures. The works are all part of the John Frank Dobie art collection, which also includes numerous Russell prints and reproductions.



George William Russell (pseudonym A. E., 1867-1935) Art Collection
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The 21 works of Russell consist of paintings and drawings. The subjects include landscapes and portraits of George Moore, Frank O'Connor, Irene Haugh, Osbern Bergin, and James Stephens.


Ronald Searle (1920- ) Art Collection
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The Ronald Searle collection consists of over 500 drawings by Searle, including 438 pen and ink drawings and 80 sketchbooks. The collection provides a complete picture of English theatrical entertainment in the 1950s. Included are drawings and caricatures of theater productions, individuals, and theater columns published in Punch. Most of the works are signed or initialed by the artist.


Anne Sexton (1928-1974) Art Collection
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Related Materials: Ann Sexton papers, Ann Sexton literary file
The Anne Sexton Art Collection consists of fifteen oil paintings by this important writer and eight associated lithographic proofs by Barbara Swan. The paintings by Sexton, all undated, were created as a part of her therapy.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Art Collection
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Related Materials: Felix Topolski art collection, Claire Winsten G. B. Shaw art collection, and the George Bernard Shaw collection
Spanning the dates 1887-1950, the G. B. Shaw art collection includes portraits and caricatures of Shaw, illustrations for Shaw's The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God and Short Stories and Scraps and Shavings, design blocks for Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism and Capitalism, proofs and sketches for Prefaces, and drawings and illustrations for Back to Methuselah. Sketches for Good King Charles' Golden Days and John Bull's Other Island are also present.


Dudley Winn Smith Latin American Art Collection
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Related Materials: Diego Rivera art collection
The Dudley Smith collection consists of paintings, mainly by Latin-American artists, including landscapes, market scenes, and portraits. Artists represented in the collection include Athos Menaboni, Harold Osman Kelly, Eduardo Kingman, Moro, Diego Rivera, and Jose Sabogal. Many of the pieces are signed and dated.


Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956) Art Collection
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The works by Spare include sketches, drawings, and paintings. Subjects include self-portraits, portraits of Henry Miller, Richard Church, and Igor Stravinsky, "automatic" drawings, and figure drawings.


Kelly H. Stevens Art Collection, 1822-1969
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Related Materials: Texas Artists-Art of the Western Frontier
The Kelly Stevens collection consists of paintings and drawings by Kelly Stevens and other artists relating to a larger collection of decorative arts, some of which are displayed in a special room in Stevens's name located on the third floor of the Ransom Center (view by appointment only). There are over 100 paintings in the collection by artists such as Hermann Lungkwitz, Julian Onderdonk, W. H. Huddle, Nannie Huddle, Ramon and Valentin de Zubiaurre, and Kelly Stevens. Most of the collection was donated by Kelly Stevens and his family members. Texas and Spanish themes are found throughout the collection. Painting subjects include landscapes, portraits, and scenes of life in 19th- and early 20th-century Texas and Spain.


Pavel Tchelitchew (1898-1957) Art Collection
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Related Materials: Pavel Tchelitchew literary file
The works of Tchelitchew include a still-life of a head of lettuce, a portrait of Edith Sitwell, a graphite pencil portrait of Parker Tyler, a pen and ink and wash portrait of Charles Henri-Ford, a drawing of a mother and child, and a design for the frontispiece of the book English Eccentrics. The works span the dates 1933-1939, or are not dated.


William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) Art Collection
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The items in the Thackeray art collection consist of works by and related to William Makepeace Thackeray in a variety of media, including prints, drawings, engravings, and reproductions. The subjects include portraits and illustrations for Thackeray's writings. Some of the works are signed and dated.


Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) Art Collection
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Related Materials: Dylan Thomas collection and Dylan Thomas literary file
The collection consists of works by Thomas and others, including Michael Ayrton, Robert Colquhoun, Rosa Freedman, Gordon T. Stuart, Hugh Oloff de Wett, and Gordon Ziegler. One painting by an unidentified artist is of Constantine Fitzgibbons's house. Over 30 works in the collection span the dates 1938-1952.


Edward Larocque Tinker (1881-1968) Art Collection
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Related Materials: Tinker library
The Tinker art collection is large and includes American, Latin-American, and French prints and drawings, Japanese prints, and prints produced by Tinker. Artists in the collection include Tito Aubiday, E. L. Tinker, Francisco Goya, Joseph Pennell, Molina Campos, E. Castells Capurro, José Guadalupe Posada, Helen Torrey, Melgarejo Menoz, Emil Fuchs, unidentified artists, J. Cassel, J. T. Arms, T. W. Nason, Alfredo Guido, Liberato Spisso, Guillermo Rodriguez, A. M. Paz, Miguel Covarrubias, Carlos Merida, A. Rodriguez Luna, Ed Borein, Allen McNab, and Claire Leighton. Subjects include ranch life, cowboys, gauchos, vaqueros, horses, Texana, landscapes, figure drawings, Native-American and Latin-American imagery, maps of the Pacific, United Nations posters, and Mexican folkloric subjects.


Feliks Topolski (1907-1989) Art Collection
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Related Materials: George Bernard Shaw Collection
The Feliks Topolski collection is organized into three Series: I. Portraits, 1943-1962, II. Book Illustrations, 1939-1943, and III. Other Works, 1950-1968. The collection includes portraits of major 20th century (primarily British) literary figures, illustrations for G. B. Shaw's plays and theater programs, a complete run of Topolski's Chronicle and a number of books written and/or illustrated by this artist, visual chronicler, portraitist, illustrator and author.


Universal Limited Art Editions Collection (1967-1988)
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The ULAE Collection comprises over 50 prints by leading American artists such as Jim Dine, Jasper Johns, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers and poet Edwin Schlossberg. The Ransom Center's library also has a number of artists' books and Deluxe Suites of prints published by ULAE. Highlights include Buckminster Fuller's Tetrascroll, Larry Rivers and Frank O'Hara's Stones, and Robert Rauschenberg's Traces suspectes en surface.


Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966) Art Collection
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Related Materials: Evelyn Waugh collection and Evelyn Waugh literary file
The Waugh Art Collection consists of works by and related to Waugh from his own archives. The collection is organized into two Series: I. Works by Evelyn Waugh, and II. Works by Other Artists. A wealth of Waugh materials is held in other areas of the Ransom Center. Among the Manuscripts Collection's Waugh materials are additional drawings by Waugh. There are also Waugh holdings in the Film Collection, the Library, Photography Collection, Personal Effects Collection, Scrapbook Collection, Sound Recordings Collection, and the Vertical File Collection.


Denton Welch (1915-1948) Art Collection
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Related Materials: Denton Welch papers
The Welch collection includes 36 oil paintings, seven watercolor paintings, 26 drawings—pencil, ink, and/or watercolor—and two sketchbooks. Subjects include still lives and landscapes, many done in a surrealistic style, as well as a few portraits. There are also works by other artists, which include family portraits and watercolor paintings.


Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) Art Collection
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Related Materials: Charles Bowden Tennessee Williams collection, Tennessee Williams collection
The Williams art collection consists of paintings, drawings, and prints by and related to Tennessee Williams. The collection is divided into the following series: I., Works by Tennessee Williams; II., Portraits of Tennessee Williams by Other Artists; and III., Works Related to Tennessee Williams.


Clare Winsten (1894-1989) G. B. Shaw Art Collection
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Related Materials: George Bernard Shaw collection
Spanning the dates 1922-1950, Clare Winsten's art works include portraits of Shaw, landscapes, village scenes, unidentified female subjects, and five original works by George Bernard Shaw. Also included is a letter and watercolor dated June 8, 1949, a sketch in blue ink of a man with a large ball or globe on his shoulders, and three architectural drawings. Illustrations by Winston include multiple versions of the title page and original drawings for Shaw's Buoyant Billions, drawings and reproductions for Shaw's My Dear Dorothea, a painting for the title page for Stephen Winsten's G.B.S. 90 aspects of his life and work, a portrait of Danny Kaye, inscribed and signed by Kaye, and self-portraits.

 

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