Howard Finster illustrated letter and cards, [ca. 1981]

Finster, Howard, b. 1916 d. 2001
Painter, Pastor
Active in Summerville, Ga.

Collection size: 18 items (on partial microfilm reel)

Collection Summary: A letter to Barbara Shissler at the National Museum of American Art, discussing his upcoming visit to Washington, D.C. The letter is illustrated in pencil with sketches of Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, William Henry Harrison, Andrew Jackson and William Shakespeare. Finster writes: "I am excited to be coming to Washington where these great men once had our future responsibility upon them I feel so unworthy to live in a world of luxery (sic) and these great men paved our way..." Also included are several handmade cards and leaflets, enclosed in a note to Shissler: "I was going to demastrat (sic) how I make these card in the show but we ran out of time."

Biographical/Historical Note: Self-taught visionary artist; Georgia.

Transferred 1993 from the National Museum of American Art, which received the materials from Howard Finster.

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