Percy Leason papers, 1934-2011

Leason, Percy Alexander, b. 1889 d. 1959
Painter, Educator, Illustrator, Portrait painter
Active in New York, N.Y.; Staten Island, N.Y.

Collection size: 1.06 linear feet

Collection Summary: Correspondence, writings, a scrapbook, financial material, photographs and slides, artwork and printed material regarding painter, illustrator, and educator Percy Leason.

Articles by Leason, "Some Factors in the Rise and Decline of Painting," "The Nude Study as an Exercise," and 3 on Quaternary Cave Art; an exhibition catalog and announcement; an article on Leason; and a reproduction of his portrait of Dewey Short.

Correspondence; a scrapbook, containing clippings, catalogs, speeches, articles; 2 account books; 36 photographs and 86 slides, mostly of Leason's works; 4 diaries (1938-39; 1945, 1948-54; 1956; 1959); and printed material.

Two letters, 1959 and 1961, from members of the U.S. Congress, offering Leason portrait commissions.

An addition received 2014 of 3 DVDs includes paintings by Leason, an unpublished book, "Experience in Painting: An Analyisis of the Visual Impression as Applied to Painting," by Leason, edited by Max Leason, 2010, and a biography on Leason, "Artist of Modern Times," 2011, by Max Leason.

Biographical/Historical Note: Percy Leason (1889-1959) was a painter, portrait painter, illustrator, and educator in Staten Island, N.Y. Leason was born in Australia and emigrated to the U.S. in 1938.

Material donated 1969-1979 and 2014 by Max A. Leason, Percy Leason's son.

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