Ernest Lawson papers, 1907-1967

Lawson, Ernest, b. 1873 d. 1939
Painter, Art teacher
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 0.5 linear feet (on partial microfilm reel).

Collection Summary: Letters and a scrapbook, photograph and poster documenting the activities of painter Ernest Lawson.

REEL 1788: Correspondence between Ernest Lawson, family members, and others (1939-1956) and a scrapbook maintained by Lawson (with a few additions after his death) containing clippings and exhibition catalogues (1907-1967) relating to Lawson and Theodore Robinson. Among the correspondents are Lawson's daughter, Margaret Lawson Bensco.

UNMICROFILMED: A black-and-white group photograph of 49 artists and members of the Salmagundi Club, entitled "Dinner Tendered to Ernest Lawson by Samuel T. Shaw, Salmagundi Club, March 10th, 1937" and autographed to Lawson by Shaw accompanied by a mounted color poster of a painting by Lawson and autographed by each of the artists, including Victor C. Anderson, George Elmer Browne, Gordon Grant, Eugene Higgens, Ivan G. Olinsky, Eugene Speicher, Guy Wiggens, and Keith Shaw Williams.

The donor of the letters and scrapbook, Margaret Lawson Bensco, is Ernest Lawson's daughter. The donor of the photograph and poster, Mrs. Alice Simon, is a granddaughter of Lawson.

How to Use this Collection

  • Microfilm reel 1788 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
  • Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
    Photograph and poster: unmicrofilmed; use requires an appointment and is limited to Washington, D.C. storage facility.
  • For more information on using the Archives’ resources, see the FAQ or Ask Us.

Also in the Archives