Clements, Gabrielle de Veaux, b. 1858 d. 1948
Painter, Muralist, Art teacher, Printmaker, Etcher
Active in Gloucester, Mass.
Collection size: 1.0 linear ft. (on 2 microfilm reels).
Collection Summary: Biographical material; a diary (1930); correspondence with relatives; writings; 8 sketchbooks; a list of prices of art works; photographs of family members, models, and travel sites; clippings; 2 exhibition catalogs; and a copy of a book on illumination.
Biographical material consists of six autobiographical sketches. The 1930 diary chronicles a trip to Egypt with Ellen Day Hale. The bulk of the correspondence was written to her mother, during Clements' college years. It also contains letters from friends, discussions relating to her work and a carbon copy of a 1945 letter from sculptor Walker Hancock to his father, describing retrieval of art works confiscated by the Nazis. Writings consist of an address book (1937); a typescript on color printing (1918); and two notebooks of poetry (1886-1890) by Clements, Ellen Day Hale and others. Among the art works are ten drawings; eight sketchbooks (1885-1938); an etching by Clements; a copy of Durer's "St. Jerome in his Study" (17th century?); a print by Lilian Westcott Hale; and a financial record book (1929-1941) containing price lists and lists of works sold.
Subjects of photographs include family, friends, the Black Oaks neighborhood in South Carolina, Clements' art works and forty-five works by Lilian Westcott Hale. The collection also contains travel photographs from Italy, Egypt and France (1922-1930) and reference photographs of various scenes and models. Printed materials consist of a map of the Rockport, Massachusetts art colony; clippings (1893-1948); a catalog for an exhibition of etchings by Clements and Ellen Day Hale; a catalog for a group exhibition at the J.B. Speed Museum, Louisville; and W. Randle Harrison's book, SUGGESTIONS FOR ILLUMINATING.
Biographical/Historical Note: Clements enjoyed a close friendship with Ellen Day Hale throughout her adult life, living, working, and often travelling with her. In addition to her career as a painter and printmaker, Clements taught art for several years at the Bryn Mawr School for Girls in Baltimore, Md.
Donated 1983 by Mrs. Helen Starr, Jr., relationship to Clements is unknown.