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Jane Hanks papers related to William Keith, 1898-1905

Hanks, Jane Richardson, 1908-2014


Collection Information

Size: 0.02 Linear feet

Summary: Papers kept by Jane Richardson Hanks relating to the friendship between her mother, Maud Wilkinson Richardson and the painter William Keith, measures 0.02 linear feet and consists of six items and date 1898 to 1905. Included is documentation on a painting Kilmeny that Keith gave to Wilkinson as a wedding gift upon her marriage to Leon J. Richardson in 1900. The painting, as well as Keith's nickname of "Kilmeny" for Maud were inspired by Maud's and Keith's admiration for the poem "Kilmeny" by Scottish author James Hogg written in 1813.

Biographical/Historical Note

Jane Richardson Hanks was the daughter of Maud Wilkinson Richardson (1868-1946), a friend of painter William Keith (1838-1911). Hanks was a noted anthropologist born August 2, 1908. She died July 27, 2014 in Bennington, Vermont. Maud married Leon J. Richardson in 1900. They lived in Berkeley, California.


Donated in 2017 by Michael L. Heslip, a painting conservator who received the material from Jane Hanks when Heslip was treating the painting Kilmeny, at the time owned by Hanks.