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John D. Graham papers, 1799-1988, bulk 1890-1961

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Series 6: Photographs , circa 1860-1985
0.9 Linear feet
Box 9-10, 17, OV 15

This series contains photographs of John Graham, his family and associates, artwork by Graham, European art and architecture, and antiques and primitive art.
Photographs of John Graham date back to his childhood in Russia. Early photographs include several cabinet card portraits, one of which is unidentified but appears to be Graham at age two around 1888. Snapshots and formal portraits of Graham are found spanning his entire life. Some snapshots also depict his son, David Graham, in the early 1930s. The earliest group photograph present appears to depict Graham and his first wife Ebrenia. Other individuals in group photographs in which Graham appears are unidentified.
Family photographs depict Graham's parents, wives, and children. Numerous photographs of the family of Elinor Gibson Graham, John Graham's fourth wife, are also found, including her father, Archer Gibson, a well-known organist, and the instruments he helped to design. Additional photographs of Graham's family members may be among the unidentified photographs filed under "Miscellaneous People."
Other photographs in this series depict Picasso with Marie Vassilieff and Pâcquerette, Arshile Gorky with Graham; Françoise Gilot with Picasso and her children, Claude and Paloma; and Linda Leyden, a young girlfriend of Graham's in his later years. Also found are portraits of young women and men. It is likely that these depict actors or other famous figures.
A group of photographic enlargements grouped together in this series appear to have been used by Graham in his creative process. Many of the originals from which the enlargements were derived are found among Graham's papers.
Among the photographs of works of art are installation views, the earliest of which appear to be wall decorations or murals, and may be those Graham painted at Wells College around 1930. Other exhibitions shown include a Carnegie Institute show, a 1946 window display at Arnold Constable department store in New York City, and a 1985 exhibit at the Andre Emmerich Gallery, also in New York.
Except for installation views, most of the photographs of works of art have not been scanned. Additional photographs are found in Biographical Materials and Correspondence.
Description Container Select
John Graham
Formal Portraits and Passport Photos, circa 1888-1961
3 Folders
(including copies)
9
26-28
Snapshots, circa 1915-1959
3 Folders
(including copies)
9
29-31
Group Photographs, circa 1912-1949
9
32
Family
Parents, circa 1880-1910
9
33
Ebrenia (a.k.a. Catherine) Ignatevnia Makavelia, Kyril, and Maria, circa 1912-1945
(First wife and children)
9
34
Vera Aleksandrovna and Nicholas, circa 1918-1960
(Second wife and son)
9
35
Elinor Gibson Graham and David, circa 1905-1980
3 Folders
see also OV 15
(Third wife and son)
9
36-38
David Graham, circa 1929-1960
3 Folders
Not scanned
(Son; for photographs of John and David Graham together, see John Graham Snapshots)
9
39-41
Frances Bryant and Archer Gibson, circa 1900-1950
(Parents of Elinor Gibson Graham)
9
42
Constance Wellman, circa 1936-1940
(Fourth wife)
9
43
Marianne Strate, circa 1930-1955
(Fifth wife)
9
44
Arshile Gorky with John Graham, circa 1930-1939
9
45
Françoise Gilot and Children (Claude and Paloma Picasso), circa 1942-1960
9
46
Linda Leyden, circa 1959-1960
9
47
Pablo Picasso, circa 1916, undated
(pictured with Françoise Gilot, Pâcquerette, and Marie Vassilieff)
9
48
Miscellaneous People, Identified or Dated, circa 1893-1945
9
49
Miscellaneous People, Unidentified, circa 1860-1960
2 Folders
see also OV 15
9
50-51
Miscellaneous Places, circa 1920-1985
9
52
Photographic Enlargements of Photos and Printed Materials, undated
See OV 15
9
53
Photographs of Works of Art
by John Graham, Installation Views, 1945-1946, circa 1932, 1985
9
54
by John Graham, Paintings (circa 1925-1946), undated
(2 of 4 folders)
not scanned
9
55-56
by John Graham, Paintings (circa 1925-1946), undated
(2 of 4 folders)
not scanned
10
1-2
by John Graham, Sketchbooks and Drawings, circa 1980, 1985
6 Folders
Not scanned
10
3-8
Antiques and Primitive Art, undated
Not scanned
10
9
by Elinor Graham, undated
Not scanned
10
10
by Old Masters, undated
see also OV 15
10
11
Postcards of European Architecture and Sculpture, undated
2 Folders
not scanned
10
12-13
Portraits, circa 1880-1910
8 Folders
(Probably Actors and Actresses)
17
3-10
Portraits, Unidentified, circa 1880-1910
2 Folders
(Probably Actors and Actresses)
17
11-12
Equestrian Statues and Studies, circa 1920
17
13
Postcards, Gardens and Outdoor Sculpture, circa 1920s-1930s
2 Folders
not scanned
17
14-15
Postcards, Works of Art, by Others, circa 1920s
Not scanned
17
16
Oversized Photographs (See Box 9, folder 37, 51, 53, and Box 10, folder 11)
15 (OV)

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