Bertha Fanning Taylor papers, 1929-1972

Taylor, Bertha Fanning, b. 1883 d. 1980
Art critic, Curator, Painter, Educator, Art historian, Illustrator
Active in Paris, France; New York, N.Y.; Norfolk, Va.

Collection size: 0.6 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 1 reel)

Collection Summary: REEL 286: Papers reflecting Taylor's activity as an American-born artist, teacher, art critic and lecturer working in France between the two World Wars and her later activities as a teacher at the Norfolk Division of William and Mary College. Included are correspondence, a typescript of her autobiography, My Fifteen Years in Paris; exhibition catalogs and announcements; and two scrapbooks of articles she wrote as assistant art critic for the Paris edition of the New York Herald, 1930-1936. Correspondents include poet Allen Tate and Jacques Barzun.

UNMICROFILMED: Typewritten drafts for memoirs, "Building Anew in a Southern City," 1953-1972.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter, lecturer, teacher, museum curator and art critic; Paris, France and Norfolk, Va.; d. 1980.

Microfilmed material donated 1971 by Fanning. The unmicrofilmed memoirs were donated 1992 by her granddaughter, Claire M. Taylor.

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