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Lillian E. Travis papers relating to William Glackens and Charles Prendergast, 1917-1984

Travis, Lillian, 1886-1961

Student, Artists' model

Collection Information

Size: 0.2 Linear feet

Summary: The Lillian E. Travis papers relating to William Glackens and Charles Prendergast measure 0.2 linear feet and date from 1917-1984. The majority of the collection consists of photographs of William Glackens, his family, and friends, Charles and Maurice Prendergast. The papers also include Ira Glackens's letters to Marion Travis and printed material.

Biographical/Historical Note

Lillian E. Travis (1886-1961) lived in New York. Prior to 1900, she married John C. Travis and had two daughters, Marion (1900-1985) and Viola (1905-1982). She divorced in 1907 and moved to New York. Travis enrolled at the Art Students League, where she became acquainted with Edith Dimock Glackens. Lillian and her daughters formed close ties to the Glackens family and their circle of friends, which included Maurice Prendergast, Charles Prendergast and his wife, Eugenie. Struck by Lillian's rich golden hair, William Glackens had her serve as his model for his painting, The Shoppers . Marion Travis and Viola Travis Crawford were also close friends of William Glackens's son, Ira and his wife, Nancy. Lillian E. Travis died in New York in 1961.


The collection was donated to the Archives of American Art by Lillian E. Travis's granddaughter, Sarah Crawford Fox, in 2012.

Language Note

Collection is in English.