Eyre de Lanux papers, 1865-1995

A Finding Aid to the Eyre de Lanux Papers, 1865-1995, in the Archives of American Art, by Jayna M. Hanson and Valerie Komar

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Biographical Information

Eyre de Lanux (1894-1996) spent much of her life traveling between Paris, Italy, and New York. In addition to portrait and frescoe painting, de Lanux designed furnishings and was a prolific writer.

Elizabeth Eyre de Lanux was born on March 20, 1894, the eldest daughter of Richard Derby Eyre (1869-1955) and Elizabeth Krieger Eyre (d. 1938). As Elizabeth's mother suffered from depression, the responsibilities of parenthood fell largely to Richard Eyre, a successful patent lawyer.

Elizabeth attended Miss Hazen's School in Pelham Manor, Westchester County, New York and enrolled in classes at the Art Students League in 1912 and during 1914-15. Her teachers were George Bridgman and John C. Johansen. At this time, she resided at 47 Washington Square but soon moved to 15 W. 67th Street. She exhibited two paintings, "L'Arlesienne," and "Allegro," in the first annual exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists in 1917.

In early 1918, while working for the Foreign Press Bureau of the Committee on Public Information, Elizabeth met writer Pierre Combret de Lanux (1887-1955.) They married in New York in a civil ceremony on October 9, 1918. Immediately after the Armistice, they sailed for Paris, settling at Number 19 Rue Jacob. Their daughter, Anne-Françoise, nicknamed "Bikou," was born December 19, 1925.

Possibly from the beginning of their marriage, but certainly from the early 1920s, Eyre and Pierre accorded one another the freedom to take other lovers. From 1923 to 1933, Pierre de Lanux was based mainly in Geneva, where he worked for the League of Nations as director of the Paris Office. The marriage endured until Pierre's death in March 1955.

In Paris, from 1919-20, Elizabeth continued her painting and drawing studies. At this time, she began signing her sketches "Eyre de Lanux." Café society at Le Boeuf sur le Toit was an inexhaustible source for portrait subjects, as were socialite Natalie Clifford Barney's Friday salons. A series of "Outlines of Women," line drawings touched with wash, were exhibited in May 1921 at New York's Kingore Galleries. On view was Eyre's portrait of Barney, identified as "Amazone" in the exhibit leaflet, and those of various high-society figures, including Marion Tiffany, actress Eva Le Gallienne, and tennis champion Julie Lentilhon.

Eyre and Pierre resided in the United States from September 1920 to April 1922, and lived at the Chelsea Hotel during the spring of 1921. While Pierre traveled, Eyre completed work on a pair of oak doors painted in tempera, vermillion, and gold with the 13th century legend of Sainte Marie l'Égyptienne. The doors went on exhibit in March 1922 at Knoedler Galleries and received a favorable review in The Sun. Eyre would not exhibit again in New York until 1943, when her fresco, "Persiennes, Persiennes" was included in "The Art of 31 Women Show" at Art of This Century Gallery.

Eyre began the study of frescoe painting in the late 1920s with Constantin Brancusi. Exhibits of her later frescoes were held in 1952 at Alexander Iolas in New York and in Paris at Le Sillon in 1960.

During her years in Paris, Eyre was associated with members of the Parisian arts and literary circles. Ezra Pound made corrections to her 1923 poem "Rue Montorgueil." Eyre met Surrealist poet Louis Aragon, who may have fell in love with her. Aragon's 1919 poem, "Isabelle," dedicated cryptically to one "Madame I.R." on its 1926 publication, tells of his love for "une herbe blanche." Their one-year liaison began in earnest in March 1925, soon after Eyre's relationship with Natalie Barney had ended. An affair with political writer Pierre Drieu La Rochelle, initiated in early 1923 and carried on intermittently, also ended at this time.

In 1933 Eyre and Pierre purchased a number of works of contemporary art. These included a Picasso watercolor and drawing from his Cubist period, a Braque, a Berman, two Picabia drawings, an Yves Tanguy, a large Mirà, and two paintings by de Chirico. In future years, gallery-owner Betty Parsons 1900-82), whom Eyre doubtless knew in Paris, would assist her in selling paintings from her collection. Many would be sold at a great loss to meet expenses.

From 1927 to 1933, Eyre collaborated with British carpet designer Evelyn Wyld (1882-1973), creating modernist furniture in glass, cowhide, wood, and lacquer for private clients. Eyre met Wyld while interviewing her for her monthly column, "Letters of Elizabeth," which ran for two years in Town and Country magazine. Eyre and Wyld exhibited their interiors in the 1928 and 1929 annual showings of the Artistes-Décorateurs and in 1930 at the first exhibit of the Société Union des Artistes Modernes. In 1932, the two women opened Décor, a furniture gallery in Cannes. The business, hurt by a decline in demand following the 1929 stock market crash, closed in 1933.

Eyre returned to Paris in 1945 There she met a young Italian writer, Paolo Casagrande. Eyre was 54 years old and he roughly half her age. With his encouragement, she rented a studio at 53 Via Margutta and beganworking on large frescoes and fresco portraits. One of her sitters was Tennessee Williams.

The relationship with Casagrande endured until the end of Eyre's life. Although Casagrande married in 1950 and eventually had children, he and Eyre maintained an almost continuous, passionate correspondence. They traveled for long periods in southern Italy, Sicily, Greece, and Morocco. During their Moroccan sojourn in 1951 and 1952, Eyre began making notes for short stories. "La Place de La Destruction" was published in 1955 in La Nouvelle Revue Française, and "The House in the Medina" appeared in Harper's Bazaar in November 1963. Her sketchbooks, watercolors, and frescoes from this period reveal her fascination with the North African landscape.

In March, 1961, possibly in order to pull away from Casagrande, Eyre left Paris and returned to New York permanently, taking a studio apartment at The Picasso on East 58th Street. In a diary entry made shortly before moving day, she wrote, "Write to Paolo every day, and mail it only occasionally." Her last visit to Paris occurred in 1978. Until legal blindness overtook her, Eyre pursued various research and writing projects.

She began work on a biography of Tobias Lear, a secretary to George Washington and a distant maternal ancestor. She also gathered photographs for "Illusions of Identity," a book of associations between the physical and metaphysical worlds with a preface by Ray Bradbury; the book was never published. In 1980, she supplied paintings to illustrate Overheard in a Bubble Chamber (1981), a book of science poems for children written by her close friend Lillian Morrison. The New Yorker magazine published three of her short stories: "Montegufoni" (1966), "Cot Number Eleven" (1968), and "Putu" (1972). Plans to bring together twelve stories in one volume were never realized.

Eyre de Lanux died in August 1996 at the age of 102.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

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 records include various membership certificates, medical records, travel papers and tickets, and a transcript of a psychic reading. Also found is a sound recording concerning Pierre de Lanux.

Personal business records consist of addresses, a personal calendar, consignment and loan agreements concerning the sale of Eyre's art collection, miscellaneous receipts, rental and lodging forms, stocks, and a copy of a will.

Correspondence spans the years 1922 until 1995 and includes an extensive exchange between Eyre and her husband Pierre, her lover Paolo Casagrande, and her daughter Anne Strong (Bikou.) Other notable correspondents include Louis Aragon, Natalie Barney, Betsy Fahlman, Consuelo Ford, Alexander Lenard, and Evelyn Wyld. Much of the correspondence is personal in nature, however a folder of correspondence between Eyre and her literary editors is found at the end of the series.

The papers include sixty-four diaries dating from 1922 through 1988; there are no diaries for the period 1927 to 1947 with the exception of two small notebooks dated 1938 and 1945. The diaries resume in 1948, with Eyre's arrival in Rome, and continue, with multiple volumes for most years, until the late 1980s when her eyes failed. The handwriting is difficult to read, and moves from one language to another within entries, employing English, French, and Italian. Eyre de Lanux used her diaries to record her impressions of the world rather than to enumerate daily activities.

Writings include drafts, copies, and notes for de Lanux's short stories from the 1920s until the 1980s. There are also annotated entries and drafts of her magazine column, "Letters to Elizabeth", poems, a note written to Paris, and notes concerning interior decoration. Writings by others include poems by Ann Lee, travel journals by Paolo Casagrande and Paul Eyre, and a draft of Pierre de Lanux's "Memoires-Jours de Notre Vivre."

Research files consist of Eyre de Lanux's notes, drafts, photographs, published works, and research correspondence relating to her biography on Tobias Lear, the personal secretary of George Washington and a proposal for a work entitled Illusions of Identity. Other materials include copies of Betsy Fahlman's research on architect Wilson Eyre, de Lanux's uncle.

Printed material is scattered and includes periodicals with copies of writings by Pierre and Eyre de Lanux, one exibition announcement, printed reproductions of works of art, blank postcards, and souvenirs gathered from de Lanux's many trips abroad.

Photographs are of Eyre in her studio and of her family and friends including Louis Aragon, Natalie Barney, Paolo Casagrande and family, Alice Delmar, Paul Eyre, Consuelo Ford, Pierre de Lanux, Anne Strong, and Evelyn Wyld. There is a photo of Natalie Barney's 20 Rue Jacob Temple d'Amitie. Other photos are of buildings, travel, interiors, and works of art. Among the photographs of works of art include two portraits, one of Eyre de Lanux by Romaine Brooks and one of Romaine Brooks by Eyre de Lanux.

Artwork include sketches, drawings, prints, and paintings by Eyre de Lanux probably dating from the 1920s to the 1940s. There is a painted sketch of interior decoration from circa 1949. Sketches are of Parisian street scenes, portraits of friends, a design for a perfume advertisement for the fashion house Lucien Lelong, illustrated notes for Consuelo Ford, and miscellaneous subjects.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged as 9 series:

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following terms:

Subjects:

  • Eyre, Wilson, 1858-1944
  • Lanux, Pierre de Combret, 1887-1955
  • Lear, Tobias, 1762-1816

Subjects-Topical:

  • Art, Modern--20th century--United States
  • Artists' studios--Photographs
  • Authors--France--Paris
  • Authors--New York (State)--New York
  • Designers
  • Modernism (Art)
  • Portrait painters--France--Paris
  • Portrait painters--New York (State)--New York
  • Women artists

Types of Materials:

  • Diaries
  • Drawings
  • Paintings
  • Photographs
  • Prints
  • Sketches
  • Sound recordings
  • Travel journals

Names:

  • Aragon, Louis, 1897-1982
  • Barney, Natalie Clifford
  • Casagrande, Paolo
  • Eyre, Paul
  • Fahlman, Betsy
  • Ford, Consuelo
  • Lanux, Pierre de Combret, 1887-1955
  • Lee, Ann
  • Lenard, Alexander
  • Strong, Anne
  • Wyld, Evelyn

Provenance

The Eyre de Lanux papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by de Lanux's daughter Anne de Lanux Strong and grandson Paul Eyre in 1996.

How the Collection was Processed

The collection was partially processed by Valerie Komor in 1999. In 2012, the collection was fully processed, arranged, and described by Jayna Hanson with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Eyre de Lanux papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

How to Cite this Collection

Eyre de Lanux papers, 1865-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Biographical Information, 1865-1966
(Box 1; 10 folders)

Biographical records include various membership certificates, medical records, travel papers and tickets of Eyre de Lanux and Paolo Casagrande, and a transcript of a psychic reading. Also found is an audio recording concerning Pierre de Lanux. An 1865 Oath of Loyalty of George C. Harris is included; however the connection with Eyre de Lanux is unclear.

Box Folder
1 1 Membership Certificates, 1940s-1966
1 2 Optometrist Prescriptions, 1949-1958
1 3 Souvenirs, circa 1950
1 4 Travel, Papers, 1946-1951
1 5 Travel, Tickets, 1949-1952
1 6 Psychic Transcript, 1948
1 7 Pierre de Lanux, Calling Card, circa 1920s
1 8 "Hommage a Pierre de Lanux," 1961
(1 sound tape reel)
1 9 Paolo Casagrande, Travel Papers, 1950-1952
1 10 George C. Harris, Oath of Loyalty, 1865

Series 2: Personal Business Records, 1933-1989
(Box 1; 10 folders)

Personal business records consist of addresses of friends, a calendar, consignment and loan agreements concerning the sale of Eyre's art collection, receipts, rental and lodging forms, stocks, and a copy of a will. Sales arrangements include records from the Betty Parsons Gallery, through which de Lanux sold her personal collection of artwork.

Box Folder
1 11 Addresses and Phone Numbers, circa 1950s-1960s
1 12 Calendar, 1964 Jan-Aug
1 13 Consignment, Sales and Loan Records, 1933-1983
1 14-17 Receipts, 1950-1963
(4 folders)
1 18 Rental and Lodging Agreements, 1947-1951
1 19 Stock Information, 1965
1 20 Will, 1989

Series 3: Correspondence, 1924-1992
(Boxes 1-4; 3.0 linear feet)

Correspondence spans the years 1922 until 1995 and includes extensive letters between Eyre and her husband Pierre, her lover Paolo Casagrande, and her daughter Anne Strong (Bikou). Other notable correspondents include Louis Aragon, Natalie Barney, Betsy Fahlman, Consuelo Ford, Alexander Lenard, and Evelyn Wyld. Much of the correspondence is personal in nature, however a folder of correspondence between Eyre and her literary editors is found at the end of the series.

Eyre de Lanux's outgoing correspondence spans 1918 to 1955 and consists mainly of her letters to husband Pierre and lover Paolo Casagrande (probably letters she did not mail.) The most complete is the correspondence between Eyre and Pierre which dates from the beginning of their courtship in New York in 1918 and ends with Pierre s death. Often separated, they were in frequent contact. During the years Pierre worked in Geneva as Director of the Paris Office for the League of Nations, from 1923 to 1933, he wrote to her regularly. Eyre's letters to Pierre include those written during her stay in the United States in 1927-28. These letters offer some of the clearest expressions of her desire to make a living in the field of the decorative arts. Pierre and Eyre's correspondence is written in both French and English.

Scattered letters are from friends and lovers, including poet James Merrill, Mr. and Mrs. Archibald MacLeish, lover and design collaborator Evelyn Wyld, lover Natalie Barney, writer and lover Pierre Drieu La Rochelle, and poet and lover Louis Aragon.

Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Box Folder
1 21 Abbot, Berenice, 1963
1 22 Anscombe, Isabelle, 1981-1989
1 23 Aragon, Louis, 1925
1 24-26 Arnoldi, Maria Negri, 1949-1976
(3 folders)
1 27 Aslam, Ana, 1963-1988
1 28 A, 1963-1969
1 29 "Baby," 1963, circa 1960s
1 30 Barney, Natalie, 1923-1965
1 31 Bol, Pamela, 1991-1992
1 32 B, 1950-1988
1 33 Casagrande, Maria, circa 1959
1 34-46 Casagrande, Paolo, 1948-1960
(13 folders)
Box Folder
2 1-8 Casagrande, Paolo, 1961-1981, circa 1950s-1980s
(8 folders)
2 9 Casagrande, Paolo, 1950-1959
(Eyre to Paolo)
2 10 Casagrande, Paolo, 1951-1954
(Paolo's Personal Correspondence)
2 11 Casagrande Family, 1964
2 12 Ciutat, Luis, 1947-1989
2 13 C, 1920s-1983
2 14 Delmar, Alice, 1950-1981
2 15 Drieu La Rochelle, P., 1927-1933
2 16 D, 1938-1973
2 17 Eyre, Louisa Lear, 1948-1953
2 18 Eyre, Paul (and Melinda), 1961-1989
2 19 Eyre, Richard, 1924-1952
2 20 Eyre, Wilson, 1973
2 21 E, circa 1960s
2 22 Fahlman, Betsy, 1977-1981
2 23 Ford, Consuelo, 1948-1965
2 24 F, 1948-1989
2 25 G, circa 1960s-1980
2 26 Holdsworth, Irene, 1953-1965
2 27 H, circa 1930s
2 28 Ingram, K.E., 1966
2 29 J, 1967-circa 1970s
2 30 Knowlton, John, 1966-1967
2 31 K, 1989
2 32 Lanux, Jeanne de, 1947, 1956
2 33-39 Lanux, Pierre de, 1915-1950s
(7 folders)
Box Folder
3 1-6 Lanux, Pierre de, 1918-1949
(6 folders)
(Eyre to Pierre de Lanux)
3 7 Lanux, Pierre de, 1910s
(Personal Correspondence)
3 8-9 Lenard, Alexander, 1961-1983
(2 folders)
3 10 Leven, Raoul, 1965-1988
3 11-12 Lissette (no last name), 1948-1978
3 13 L, 1953-1989
3 14 McLeish, Archibald, circa 1960s
3 15 Merril, James, circa 1950s
3 16 Michael (no last name), 1960s
3 17 M, 1957-1990
3 18 Norton, Louisa, circa 1940s
3 19 Norton, Richard, 1988
3 20 N, 1963-1989
3 21 P, 1925-1973
3 22 R, 1963-1983
3 23-35 Strong, Anne "Bikou," 1938-1989
(13 folders)
3 36-37 Strong, Anne "Bikou," 1950s-1960s
(2 folders)
(Eyre to Anne Strong)
3 38 Strong, Anne "Bikou," 1930s
(Personal Correspondence)
3 39 Strong Family, circa 1940
Box Folder
4 1 S, 1940-1988
4 2 Thomas, Paulette, 1976-1988
4 3 T, 1946-1964
4 4 U, 1947-1960s
4 5 Volka, 1949
4 6 Von Hoershelman, N., 1964-1980
4 7 V, 1949-1989
4 8 Wardle, Mrs. H. Allen, 1983
4 9 Wickes, George, 1973-1975
(Includes draft of Memoir on Natalie Barney)
4 10 Wyld, Evelyn, 1938-1970
4 11 W, 1961-1987
4 12 Y, 1953
4 13 With Editors Concerning Writings, 1954-1992
4 14 Unidentified from Eyre, circa 1940-1960
4 15 Unsigned and Fragments, 1937-1982

Series 4: Diaries, 1922-1988
(Boxes 4-7; 3.5 linear feet)

There are 64 volumes of Eyre de Lanux's diaries dating from 1923 to 1988. There are no diaries for the period 1927 to 1947, with the exception of two small notebooks from 1938 and 1945. The diaries resume regularly in 1948, with Eyre's arrival in Rome, and continue, with multiple volumes for most years, until the late 1980s when her eyesight failed. The handwriting is difficult to read and she moves from one language to another within entries, writing in English, French, and Italian. Eyre de Lanux used her diaries to record her impressions of the world rather than to enumerate daily activities.

The diaries for her early years in Paris, from 1923 to 1926, are immensely detailed, containing verbatim transcriptions of recent conversations. The diaries can also be explicit in describing her encounters with her lovers of the period: Consuelo Urisarri, Natalie Barney, Louis Aragon, and Pierre Drieu La Rochelle. For instance, the 1925 diary (May to June) records a nighttime walk with Louis Aragon through the Park Buttes-Chaumont and the interruption of their kiss by the watchman.

She generally refers to individuals using initials rather than first names. The diaries after 1948 may be characterized as travelogues, as she often began a diary after arriving in a new locale. They contain numerous references to Paolo Casagrande, her lover from 1948. They are filled with notes for stories and sketches of the places they visited: Capri, Ischia, Sicily, Greece, and Morocco. While she traveled, she continued to develop her fresco technique, using her sketches as fresco studies.

In her 1949 journal, she jotted down from memory the advice Brancusi had given her on fresco painting twenty years earlier. He is the only one of her art teachers to appear in her diaries. The diary for March 1961 joyfully announces her discovery of an apartment at The Picasso on E. 58th Street in New York City, where she settled, inaugurating a new life in the United States. Subsequent diaries are filled with observations, notes for stories, and records of her travels to Rome, Bucharest, Paris and Japan. Her 1977 diary contains a chronology of her life which she may have prepared at the request of a dealer.

Diaries are arranged chronologically. Titles of diaries are handwritten by Eyre de Lanux and typically refer to the places in which she travelled during the span covered by the diary.

Box Folder
4 16 Loose Entries, 1922-1923
4 17 Toulon, 1923
4 18 Paris, 1923
(Consuelo Ford, Drieu, Natalie Barney)
4 19 Paris, 1924 January-October
(Drieu, Consuelo Ford, Alperia)
4 20 Paris, 1924 June
4 21 Paris, 1924 September-October
4 22 Paris, 1924 October
(Rue de Vignes)
4 23 Loose Entries, 1924
4 24 Fragments, circa 1924-1925
(The Planet April)
4 25 L.A. (?), 1925 January-July
4 26 Unidentified, 1925 February
4 27 Pardigon (?), 1925 April
4 28 L.A. (?), 1925 May
(Moins Interenat)
4 29 Loose Entries, 1925
(including drawings)
4 30 Paris, 1926
4 31 Thonon, 1926 Summer
4 32 Loose Entries, 1926
4 33 Loose Entries, 1938
4 34 Thonon, 1945
(concerning war)
4 35 Rome, 1948
4 36 Rome, 1949
4 37 Calabria and Sicily, 1949-1950
(includes Louvre sketches)
4 38 Rome, 1950 March-June
4 39 Rome, 1950 June-September
4 40 Fez and Rome, 1950-1951
4 41 Fez, 1951 March
4 42 Rome and New York, 1952
4 43 Rome, New York, and Greece, 1952
4 44 Loose Entries, 1952
Box Folder
5 1 Spain, Fez, circa 1952
(concerning Paolo)
5 2 Venice, 1953-1954
(illness)
5 3 London, 1954
(illness)
5 4 Rome, 1955
5 5 Sicily, 1955 March-June
(Salvador Mundi)
5 6 Rome, 1956 April
5 7 Rome, 1956
5 8 Loose Entries, 1956
5 9 Rome, 1957 April
5 10 Rome, 1957
(tiles and frescoes)
5 11 Rome, 1957
(The Moment of the Forno)
5 12 Rome and Paris, 1958-1959
5 13 Mexico (Durango), 1959
5 14 Paris, 1959 December
5 15 Rome, 1960 March
5 16 New York, Paris, Eze, Bastide, St. Tropez, Rome, 1959-1960
5 17 New York, 1961-1963
(notes)
5 18 Rome, Florence, Naples, 1964-1965
5 19 Rome, 1967
5 20 Rome, 1967
(leaving Paolo)
5 21 Bastide, Pamplona, Rome, Bucarest, Istanbul, Rome, Rome, New York, 1967
5 22 Paris (?), 1967-1969
(includes addresses)
5 23 New York, 1968
(loss of Paolo)
Box Folder
6 1 Beaulieu, Nice, St. Tropez, 1969
6 2 Rome, 1969
6 3 Kyoto, 1969
6 4 Kyoto, Jiriki, 1969
6 5 Hong Kong, Bankok, Bali, 1969
6 6 Kyoto, 1969
6 7 Japan, Bali, 1969
6 8 Paris, 1970-1971
6 9 France, 1971-1972
6 10 France (?), 1967
("identity")
6 11 New York (?), 1974-1975
6 12 New York (?), 1976
6 13 New York (?), 1976-1977
6 14 Paris or New York (?), 1977-1978
6 15 Paris, Italy, Denver, Aspen, Buck's County, 1978
6 16 New York (?), 1978
6 17 New York (?), 1979
6 18 New York (?), 1979-1982
6 19 New York (?), 1980
Box Folder
7 1 New York, 1982
7 2 Loose Pages, 1987-1988
7 3 Loose Pages and Notes, 1967-1982

Series 5: Writings and Notes, 1917-1995
(Boxes 7-8; 1.3 linear feet)

Writings include drafts, copies, and notes for de Lanux's short stories from the 1920s until the 1980s and annotated entries and drafts of her magazine column, Letters to Elizabeth. Also found are Eyre's poems, a note written to Paris, and notes concerning interior decoration. Writings by others include handwritten poems by Ann Lee, travel journals by Paolo Casagrande and Paul Eyre, and a draft of Pierre de Lanux's "Memoires-Jours de Notre Vivre."

Eyre de Lanux's short stories are arranged alphabetically by title and many are undated. Alternative story names are included whenever possible. Writings by others are arranged alphabetically by author.

Box Folder
7 4 Letters to Elizabeth from Town and Country, drafts, circa 1922-1924
7 5 Letters to Elizabeth from Town and Country, annotated selections, circa 1973
7 6 "Akiko," circa 1960
7 7 "Am Idyll Among the Hyccops," circa 1920s
7 8 "Berlin en Deux Temps," 1945 November
7 9 "Bradbury," circa 1970s
7 10 "Caffe Greco," 1948
7 11 "Carnet de Route," circa 1930s
7 12 "Coliseum," circa 1960
7 13 "Consuelo," circa 1930s
(translated into French by Pierre de Lanux)
7 14 "Convorbiri in Bucarest," circa 1960s
7 15 "D is for Death," circa 1930
7 16 "Death of Moham'd" or "D'Fina: Moham'd is Buried," circa 1950
7 17 "Djemaa el Fina" or "Place of Destruction," 1951
7 18 "Ebro," 1938
7 19 "Elections," 1948
7 20 "Enemy," circa 1945
7 21 "Florence," 1967
7 22 "Fortunato-Donkey," 1960s
7 23 "Fortune II," circa 1930
7 24 "Frescoes of Gardner Hale" and "Legende de Saint Julien l'Hospitalier," circa 1960
7 25 "Grannie," circa 1960
7 26 "Guilia," circa 1980
7 27 "His Excellency," circa 1960
7 28 "History Sheet," 1925
7 29 "House in the Medina," circa 1952
7 30 "I Have a Slave," circa 1970
7 31 "I'll Say I'm Lucky," circa 1940
7 32 "Ils Sont Comme Ca.," circa 1950
7 33-34 "Italian Lesson," circa 1980
(2 folders)
7 35 "La Contessa," 1980s
7 36 "Le Rendez-Vous," circa 1930
7 37 "Lesbia's Sparrow," circa 1960
7 38 "Letter from Normandy," circa 1950
7 39 "Long Way to Wistaria," circa 1950
7 40 "Lucian," circa 1970
7 41 "Mazza-Bou-Bou," circa 1970s
7 42 "Memoir of Natalie Barney," circa 1950
7 43 "Mirror," 1980s
7 44 "Misericordia," circa 1967
7 45 "Monte Gufone," circa 1960
7 46 "My History of Beds," circa 1970
7 47 "Observations of Ciro-Menotti," 1974
7 48 "Oradour-Sur-Giane," 1930s
7 49 "Painted Doors," circa 1922
7 50 "Piazza Bocca di Leone," 1948
7 51 "Piazza Navona," circa 1960
7 52-53 "Place to Be" or "Room at the Ritz" circa 1930-1950s
(2 folders)
7 54 "Porte d'Entree," circa 1950
7 55 "Poum-Poum-Poum" or "The Complete Story of the Spanish Civil War," circa 1980
7 56 "Priests," circa 1970
7 57 "Putu," circa 1960
7 58-59 "Roman Stories," circa 1967
(2 folders)
7 60 "S.S. Libertad," circa 1960s
7 61 "Salvator Mundi," circa 1970
7 62-63 "Small Island," 1970s
(2 folders)
7 64 "Spain," circa 1960
7 65-66 "Television at the Constant Apple" or "Television Comes to Melaconstanza," circa 1975
7 67-68 "Truelove," circa 1960
(2 folders)
7 69 "Two Pigeons," circa 1960
7 70 "Verb: Apparentir," circa 1970
7 71 "Via Mariodei Fiori," circa 1990
7 72-73 "Zone of Incertitude," circa 1970-1992
(2 folders)
Box Folder
8 1 Short Stores in Italian, circa 1950s-1960s
8 2 Fragments of Short Stories, 1980s
8 3 Notes Concerning Short Stories, 1989
8 4 Concerning Interior Decoration, circa 1923
8 5 Notebook of Poetry, 1914-1917
8 6 Poems by Eyre de Lanux, 1920-1983
8 7 Poems to Natalie Barney, 1967
8 8-9 On Eyre Family History, 1900
(2 folders)
8 10 Writings with Sketches, circa 1920s
8 11 Note to Paris, 1930s
8 12-18 Notes, circa 1920s-1980s
(2 folders)
8 By Others
8 19 Paolo Casagrande, Travel Journal, 1973
(includes travel souvenirs)
8 20 Antoineta Dias de Moraes, "La Baguette de Caapora," 1964
8 21 Paul Eyre, Travel Journal, 1991-1995
8 22 Betsy Fahlman, "Eyre de Lanux," circa 1980s
8 23-25 Pierre de Lanux, "Souvenirs" or "Memories-Jours de Notre Vivre," circa 1930-1953
(3 folders)
8 26 Pierre de Lanux, Notes, circa 1920s
8 27 Ann Lee, Poems, 1917 March
8 28 Donald Richie, "A Want of Trysts," circa 1960

Series 6: Research Files, circa 1900-1980s
(Boxes 8-9; 1.0 linear feet)

Research files consist of Eyre de Lanux's notes, drafts, photographs, published works, and research correspondence relating to her biography on Tobias Lear, the personal secretary of George Washington and a proposal for a work entitled Illusions of Identity. Other materials include copies of Betsy Fahlman's research on architect Wilson Eyre, de Lanux's uncle. Fahlman's correspondence with de Lanux can be found in the correspondence series and a draft of a biography by Fahlman on Eyre de Lanux is found in writings.

Box Folder
8 Lear Biography
8 29 Correspondence, 1960s
8 30-36 Notes, 1940-1980s
(7 folders)
Box Folder
9 Lear Biography
9 1 Notes, 1940-1980s
9 2 Reproduction of Portrait of Tobias Lear, circa 1920
9 3 Photograph of Lear House, 1965
9 4 On Toussant Louverture, circa 1960s
9 5 On Pauline LeClerc, circa 1960s
9 6 Letters and Reflections of George Washington, by W.K. Bixby, 1905
9 7 New York Public Library Printed Materials, 1945-1965
9 Illusions of Identity
9 8 Proposal, Notes, and Correspondence, 1974
9 On Wilson Eyre, with Betsy Fahlman
9 9-10 Eyre Family History, circa 1960s
(2 folders)
9 11 Letter from Wilson Eyre, circa 1900
(Wilson Eyre's "Curious Scotch Letter")
9 12 Clippings and Articles, 1910-1925
9 13-14 On Wilson Eyre by Betsy Fahlman and Edward Teitelman, circa 1960s
(2 folders)

Series 7: Printed Material, circa 1910-1987
(Boxes 9, 11; 0.5 linear feet)

Printed material is scattered and includes periodicals including writings by Pierre de Lanux and Eyre de Lanux, one exibition announcement for Eyre's work, reproductions of works of art, blank postcards, and souvenirs presumably gathered from de Lanux's many trips throughout the world.

Box Folder
9 15 The Dial, 1922 January
9 16 The Transatlantic Review, 1924
9 17 European Manifesto, by Pierre de Lanux, 1939, 1943
9 18 Tetes de Pont, by Pierre de Lanux, 1943
9 19 Story, 1943 July-August
(includes "You Can't Know Anything About It" by Eyre de Lanux)
9 20 Periodicals with Writings by Pierre de Lanux, 1954
9 21 La Nouvelle: Nouvelle Revue Francaise, 1955 May 1
9 22 The American Pen, 1974 Fall
9 23 Unknown by Paul Eluard, circa 1920
9 24 UNESCO Publications, circa 1940s
9 25 Histoire Naturelle de la Sexualite, circa 1970
9 26-36 Articles and Clippings, 1920-1983
(11 folders)
9 37-38 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1921-1987
9 39 Business and Calling Cards, circa 1910-1950s
9 40 Funeral Announcement, circa 1960s
9 41 List of Paints, 1950s
9 42 Reproductions of Works of Art, circa 1920
(Oversized material housed in Box 11, F1)
9 43 Lottery Tickets, 1944-1954
9 44 Postcards (blank), circa 1920-1960
9 45-48 Travel Souvenirs, 1949-circa 1969
(4 folders)
(Includes train time tables, Italian to Greek translator, and maps from Japan, Italy, Greece, and China)
Box Folder
11 1 Reproductions of Works of Art, circa 1920
(Oversized material from in Box 9, F42)

Series 8: Photographs, circa 1870-1973
(Boxes 10, OVs 18-20; 0.5 linear feet)

Photographs are of Eyre in her studio and of her family and friends including: Louis Aragon, Natalie Barney, Paolo Casagrande and family, Alice Delmar, Paul Eyre, Consuelo Ford, Pierre de Lanux, Anne Strong, and Evelyn Wyld. Of interest is a photo of Barney's 20 Rue Jacob known as the Temple d'Amitie. Other photos are of buildings, travel, interiors, and works of art. Among the photographs of works of art include two portraits, one of Eyre de Lanux by Romaine Brooks and one of Romaine Brooks by Eyre de Lanux.

Box Folder
10 1 Eyre de Lanux in Her Studio, circa 1949
10 2 Eyre de Lanux, 1949-1978
10 3 Anne Strong (Bikou), 1920s-1930s
10 4 de Lanux Family, 1935-1950
10 5 Paul Eyre, 1970s
10 6 Eyre de Lanux with Lovers and Friends, circa 1938
10 7 Paolo Casagrande with Art, 1950s
10 8 Paolo Casagrande and Family, 1923-1981
(Elisabetta, Francesca, and Bettina)
10 9 Louis Aragon, circa 1925
10 10 Natalie Clifford Barney, circa 1917-1920
10 11 Consuelo Ford, 1924-1969
10 12 Alice Delmar, 1915-1939
10 13 Ann Lee, 1918
10 14 Marie, 1964
10 15 Paola, 1961
10 16 Evelyn Wyld, circa 1938
10 17 Unidentified Woman, circa 1870
10 18-19 Travel Photos, 1930s-1973
(Spain, Italy, France, Vietnam)
10 20 20 Rue Jacob, La Temple d'Amitie, circa 1920
10 21 Painted Doors, circa 1922
10 22 Buildings, circa 1970s
10 23 Interiors, 1913 April
10 24-27 Works of Art, 1930s-1950s
Box
OV18 Works of Art, Frescoes, 1930s
Box
OV19 Works of Art, circa 1930s
Box
OV20 Works of Art, Portraits, 1920s
(Includes photographs of portraits of Eyre de Lanux by Romaine Brooks and of Romaine Brooks by Eyre de Lanux)

Series 9: Artwork, circa 1920s-circa 1949
(Boxes 10-11, OVs 12-17; 0.5 linear feet)

Artwork includes sketches, drawings, prints, and paintings by Eyre de Lanux probably dating from the 1920s to the 1940s. There is a painted sketch concerning interior decoration from circa 1949. Sketches of note include Parisian street scenes, portraits of friends, a design for a perfume advertisement for the fashion house Lucien Lelong, and illustrated notes for Consuelo Ford.

Box Folder
10 28-30 Drawings for Consuelo, circa 1920s
(3 folders)
10 31-32 Drawings and Sketches of Parisian Scenes, 1923-1924
10 33 Portrait Sketches, circa 1920
10 34 Interior Design Sketches, circa 1949
10 35-42 Sketches and Drawings, 1920s-1940s
(8 folders)
Box Folder
11 2-4 Sketches and Drawings, 1920s
(3 folders)
Box
OV12-14 Drawings and Paintings, circa 1920
(3 OV folders)
Box
OV15 Drawings and Monoprints, circa 1925
(Includes sketches for fashion houses Lanvin and Lucien Lelong)
Box
OV16 Sketches with Notes, circa 1920
Box
OV17 Sketches and Prints, circa 1920