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Henry Varnum Poor papers, 1873-2001, bulk 1904-1970

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5.1: By Henry Varnum Poor , circa 1890s-circa 1961

Some of the unidentified figure studies, portraits, and heads of women are probably Bessie and Anne Poor. Illustrations include those produced for Ethan Frome and The Scarlet Letter, and some that may have been intended for A Book of Pottery. Drawings produced in 1943 while Poor was a war correspondent in Alaska may have served as visual notes or illustrations for An Artist Sees Alaska. Also found are a small number of watercolors and prints. Most prints show the aftermath of World War I in France, and a Christmas card sent by Henry Varnum and Marion Dorn Poor features a print.
A fair number of drawings and sketches are on sheets of paper with images on both sides; often, they are very different subjects. Since item level description with cross referencing is not provided, researchers conducting exhaustive studies of specific categories or subjects of Poor's works on paper are advised to examine all.
Loose drawings and sketches are arranged by subject.
Description Container Select
Animals, 1918
Oversized material housed in Box 9, Folder 1
4
1-2
Birds and Fish, circa 1918
Oversized material housed in Box 9, Folder 2
4
3
Designs
Bathroom Fixtures and Tiles, 1929
Oversized material housed in Box 9, Folder 3
4
4
Ceiling Tiles, Union Dime Savings Bank, 1924
4
5
Tiles, Phillip Goodwin Pool Shelter, circa 1920
Oversized material housed in Box 9, Folder 4
4
6
Covers of Skowhegan School Publications, circa 1946-1961
4
7
Exhibition Announcement, Montross Gallery, 1923
4
8
Fireplaces, circa 1920
4
9
Furniture, 1924
4
10
Miscellaneous, circa 1930
Oversized material housed in Box 9, Folder 3 and OV 19
4
11
Figures , circa 1890s-1946
Oversized material housed in Box 9, Folder 5
4
12-17
Figures, Nude, circa 1920-circa 1940
Oversized material housed in Box 9, Folder 6
4
18-21
Figure Studies (hands and feet), circa 1920-circa 1940
4
22
Illustrations
A Book of Pottery by Henry Varnum Poor, circa 1954-1958
Oversized material in Box 10, Folders 8-9
4
23-26
Miscellaneous Illustrations of Pottery Construction Techniques (possibly for A Book of Pottery, by Henry Varnum Poor), circa 1954-1958
4
27
Ethan Frome, 1939
4
28
The Scarlet Letter, circa 1941
4
29
Landscapes, 1918-1919, 1939, 1943
Oversized materials housed in Box 9, Folders 7-9 and OV 20
4
30-37
Miscellaneous Subjects, circa 1918-1919, 1943
Oversized material housed in Box 9, Folder 10
4
38-39
Mural Studies
"Ben Hecht Leda and Swan", circa 1940
Oversized material housed in OV 21
4
40
Unidentified, circa 1940
4
41
Plants, circa 1910-1950
Oversized material housed in Box 10, Folder 1
5
1
Portraits and Heads (unidentified)
Children, undated, 1943
Oversized material housed in Box 10, Folder 2
5
2-3
Men, undated, 1918-1919, 1943
Oversized material housed in Box 10, Folders 3-4
5
4-6
Women, 1943
Oversized material housed in Box 10, Folder 5
5
7-10
Portraits (identified), circa 1930-circa 1950
Includes Bessie Breuer, Charles Duback, Jim Fickes, David Friedenthal, Stuard Frost, Ben Hecht, Helen Hayes, DeWitt Peters, Rollo Peters, Alfred Poor, Herbert Poor, Peter Poor, Ed Rowan, Concetta Scaravaglione, and John and Gwen Steinbeck Family. Oversized material housed in Box 10, Folder 6.
5
11
Portraits (self-portraits), circa 1930
Oversized material housed in Box 10, Folder 7
5
12
Pottery
Plates, circa 1920-circa 1950
5
13
Vessels and Birdhouses, circa 1920-circa 1950
5
14
Still Life, circa 1940
Oversized material housed in Box 10, Folder 10
5
15
Prints, 1918-1923
Oversized material housed in Box 10, Folder 11 and OV 22
5
16
Sketchbooks
Sketchbooks 1 and 2, 1918-circa 1919
France
5
17
Sketchbooks 3 and 4, circa 1920s
Early pottery drawings and notes
5
18
Sketchbook 5, circa 1924-1929
Sketch of Wharton Esherick plate
5
19
Sketchbook 6, 1925
Notes on pottery glazes
5
20
Sketchbook 7 , circa 1929
"Pottery/Sketches/Peter in Hat"
5
21
Sketchbook 8, circa 1929
5
22
Sketchbooks 9 and 10, circa 1929
5
23
Sketchbook 11, circa 1929
Pottery sketches and notes
5
24
Sketchbooks 12 and 13, 1936
Southwest Sicily and notes on art seen in Italy
5
25
Sketchbook 14, 1936
"Pitigliano/Grotto di Castri"
5
26
Sketchbook 15, 1937
Colorado Springs, and "Gedney and Dominick" (contains a few 19th century drawings)
5
27
Sketchbook 16, circa 1937-1938
Interior Department mural and statement regarding art
5
28
Sketchbook 17, circa 1938-1949
Penn State mural
5
29
Sketchbook 18, 1941
The Scarlet Letter illustrations
5
30
Sketchbooks 19 and 20, 1943
Alaska
5
31
Sketchbook 21, 1943
Alaska
5
32
Sketchbook 22, 1946
6
1
Sketchbook 23, 1946 or later
6
2
Sketchbook 24, circa 1946-1949
Studio sketch class and State College drawings
6
3
Sketchbook 25, 1957[?]
6
4
Sketchbook 26, circa 1960s
Journal entry dated Aug. 18, 1962
6
5
Sketchbook 27 and 28, 1964-1965 and circa 1960s
Early Truro and Florida
6
6
Sketchbooks 29, 30, and 31, circa 1900-circa 1960
Notes, pottery sketches, and lists
6
7
Sketchbooks 32 and 33, circa 1900-circa 1960
Pottery sketches, notes, and biographical notes
6
8
Sketchbooks 34 and 35, circa 1900-circa 1960
6
9
Sketchbooks 36 and 37, circa 1900-circa 1960
6
10
Sketchbooks 38 and 39, circa 1900-circa 1960
6
11
Sketchbook 40, circa 1900-circa 1960
6
12
Sketchbook 41, circa 1900-circa 1960
6
13
Sketchbook 42, circa 1900-circa 1960
6
14
Sketchbook 43, circa 1900-circa 1960
6
15
Sketchbook 44, circa 1900-circa 1960
6
16
Sketchbook 45, circa 1900-circa 1960
6
17
Watercolors, circa 1920-circa 1950
Oversized material housed in Box 10, Folder 12
6
18
Oversized Artwork by Poor scanned with Box 4, Folders 2-4, 6, 11-21, 30-39, 1918-1969
9
1-10
Oversized Artwork by Poor scanned with Box 4, Folders 23-26, Box 5, Folders 1-12, 15-16, and Box 6, Folder 18, 1918-1958
10
1-12
Oversized Artwork by Poor scanned with Box 4, Folder 11, circa 1930
OV 19
Oversized Artwork by Poor scanned with Box 4, Folders 30-37, circa 1918-1943
OV 20
Oversized Artwork by Poor scanned with Box 4, Folder 40, circa 1940
OV 21
Oversized Artwork by Poor scanned with Box 5, Folder 16, 1918-1919
OV 22

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