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Ernest Lawson papers, 1907-1967

Lawson, Ernest, 1873-1939

Art teacher, Painter

Collection Information

Size: 0.5 Linear feet

Summary: The scattered papers of painter Ernest Lawson measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1907 to 1967. The papers consist of family correspondence with daughter Margaret, and between Margaret and her mother Ella Lawson; a dismantled scrapbook containing exhibition announcements, catalogs, and clippings; and a 1937 photograph of a group of artists at a dinner at the Salmagundi Club honoring Lawson along with a photograph of a work of art by Lawson signed by the numerous artists attending the dinner, including Victor C. Anderson, George Elmer Browne, Gordon Grant, Eugene Higgens, Ivan G. Olinsky, Eugene Speicher, Guy Wiggens, and Keith Shaw Williams, among others.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ernest Lawson (1873-1939) was painter active in New York City and member of the group of American early modernist painters known as "The Eight."


Margaret Lawson Bensco donated her father's papers in 1976. In 1985, Lawson's granddaughter Alice Simon donated the 1937 photograph of artists at the Salmagundi Club and the photograph of a work of art by Lawson signed by numerous artists.

Language Note

The collection is in English


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