Eyre de Lanux papers, 1865-1995

Lanux, Eyre de, b. 1894 d. 1996
Painter, Author, Designer
Active in Paris, France; New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 10.6 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of portrait painter, writer, and furnishings designer, Eyre de Lanux (1894-1996) measure 10.6 linear feet and date from 1865 to 1995. The papers reflect Eyre's personal life in Paris with her husband, Pierre de Lanux and her travels with longtime lover Paolo Casagrande. The bulk of the collection consists of diaries spanning 1922 to 1988 and correspondence. Also found are de Lanux's sketches and drawings, some of which depict Parisian scenes and portraits of her lovers and friends. Other materials found include biographical information, personal business records, writings and notes including short stories, research files on Tobias Lear and Wilson Eyre, printed materials, and scattered photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note: Elizabeth Eyre de Lanux (1894-1996) was a painter, designer, and writer. Elizabeth Eyre de Lanux was born in Johnstown, Pa. She studied in New York at the Art Students League and in 1918 married Pierre de Lanux, a French diplomat and man of letters. The couple moved to Paris, where Eyre de Lanux (as she styled herself) began studies at the Academy Colarossi with Paul Serusier, eventually becoming a designer of Art Deco lacquered furniture and patterned rugs. From 1922 to 1924, she wrote a column for Town & Country magazine, "Letters from Elizabeth," in which she described the modernist milieu in which she moved. She was a regular at the weekly salons of Natalie Clifford Barney on the rue Jacob. Following her return to New York after the war, de Lanux wrote for the New Yorker and Harper's Bazaar magazines. Pierre and Eyre de Lanux had one child, Anne de Lanux Strong. Pierre died in 1955 and Eyre de Lanux died in 1996 at the age of 102.

The Eyre de Lanux papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by de Lanux's daughter and grandson, Anne de Lanux Strong and Paul Eyre.

Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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The Eyre de Lanux papers were donated to the Archives of American Art with the personal library of Eyre and Pierre de Lanux. The 6.0 linear feet of books were deaccessioned in 2012.