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Percy Leason papers, circa 1929-2011

Percy Leason papers, circa 1929-2011

Leason, Percy Alexander, 1889-1959

Painter, Educator, Portrait painter, Illustrator

Collection Information

Size: 1.3 linear feet

Biographical/Historical Note

Percy Leason (1889-1959) was a painter, illustrator, writer, and educator from Kaniva, Victoria, in Australia.


Donated in 1969-1979 and 2014 by Max A. Leason, Percy Leason's son.

Scope and Contents

The papers of painter, illustrator, and educator Percy Leason measure 1.3 linear feet and date from circa 1929 to 2011. The collection documents his career through biographical material, correspondence, diaries, writings and notes, printed material, photographic material, and a scrapbook.

Biographical materials include financial records, biographical statements about the artist, certificates, and a few sketches. Correspondence contains letters and writings of Max Leason, Percy Leason's son, correspondence to and from Percy Leason, letters from congressmen, and letters regarding Leason's work displayed at the State Library of Victoria, in Australia. Four diaries document Leason's life over 20 years. A series of published and unpublished writings and notes includes two DVDs of Leason's writings. Printed material contains new clippings, gallery flyers, a framed statement about art, and the book, "The Science of Appearances," by Max Meldrum, with typed pages written by Leason inserted into the book. Photographic materials include slides and a DVD of Leason's artwork, personal photographs, and photographs of the State Library of Victoria. One scrapbook contains mostly news clippings and other printed material.

Scattered throughout the collection are annotations made by Max Leason which are usually signed "Max" with the date of annotation.

Microfilm reels 74, 999-1000, 1050 & 3090 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

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