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Jane Hanks papers related to William Keith, 1898-1905

Hanks, Jane Richardson, 1908-2014

Anthropologist

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 (1908-2014) was the daughter of Maud Wilkinson Richardson (1868-1946), a friend of painter William Keith (1838-1911). Hanks was a noted anthropologist know for studying the tribes of Thailand.

Provenance

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.