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Reginald Marsh papers, 1897-1955

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Series 5: Sketches , 1901-1954, undated
(boxes 4-5, OV 12-21; 1.4 linear feet)

Series consists of Marsh's loose sketches and sketchbooks. (The bulk of Marsh's sketchbooks are held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Public Library, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. These are available to view on AAA microfilm reels NRM3-NRM17.)
In his sketches, Marsh typically recorded his environment, including the sights, scenes, and people he encountered on the city streets and the subway, in the dance and burlesque halls, and at Coney Island, as well as some of his own experiences, including his various trips to Europe (one in 1925-1926 and another in 1949). The subjects that he sketched are generally reflective of those featured in his finished art work. In his sketches, Marsh also explored ideas and created studies for paintings, and certain sketches served as the basis for finished works of art. Sketches document some of the various sources for Marsh's paintings, many of the themes that recur in his paintings and illustrations, and aspects of his creative process.
The Sketches series is arranged into 2 subseries:
  • 5.1: Loose Sketches, 1921-1954, undated
  • 5.2: Sketchbooks, 1901-1954, undated
5.1: Loose Sketches, 1921-1954, undated
Subseries consists of sketches, as well as some preparatory drawings and studies, in pencil, ink, and occasionally watercolor. They are mostly undated, although occasionally a date appears on one or more in a file. When provided, dates or date ranges of files are meant to be suggestive of the timeframe in which the sketches were likely created.
Individual sketches and drawings were numbered and arranged into files mostly by subject, sometimes by type or title of work, presumably by Whitney Museum staff. Files are arranged alphabetically.
Description Container
Airplanes, undated
4
28
Anatomy Drawings, circa 1935-1945
(See also OV 20)
4
29
Artists at Work, 1926
4
30
At the Opera, undated
4
31
Beach Scenes, circa 1941
4
32
Bridge Architecture, undated
4
33
Bums, 1926, undated
4
34
Burlesque House, 1933
4
35
Caricatures, undated
(See also OV 12)
4
36
City Sights, undated
4
37
Clubland, undated
4
38
Coney Island, undated
(See OV 13)
4
39
Crowds in the Street, undated
4
40
Dali's Dream of Venus, undated
4
41
Dance Marathoners, undated
4
42
Dockside, undated
4
43
Electrical Execution, 1940s
4
44
Europe
Tourist Sights, 1926
5
1
Drawings of Art Work, 1926
5
2
Night Life, 1925
5
3
Local Color, 1925-1926
5
4
Miscellaneous, 1926
(See OV 14)
5
5
Hudson Bay Fur Company, circa 1932
5
6
Landscapes, 1922, 1947
5
7
Lifeclass Drawings, undated
5
8
Men Working, undated
5
9
Merry-Go-Rounds, circa 1944
5
10
Miscellaneous, 1921, circa 1947-1953
(See also OV 15)
Includes some watercolors and drawings that may be by others.
5
11
Musicians, undated
5
12
Naked Over New York, undated
5
13
New York, Miscellaneous, undated
(See OV 16)
5
14
New York Skyline, 1928
5
15
Pick-a-Back, undated
5
16
Portraits, Unidentified, 1926-1927, 1954
(See also OV 17 and 19)
5
17
Portraits, Identified, 1926
(See also OV 17)
5
18
Prometheus at Rockefeller Center, undated
5
19
Scenes in Parks, undated
5
20
Seated Figures, undated
(See also OV 20)
5
21
Seventeenth-century Dress, undated
(See also OV 20)
5
22
Sideshow, undated
5
23
Steeplechase Park, undated
5
24
Subway Passengers, 1932-1953
5
25
Subway Stations, undated
5
26
[Ten Cents a Dance], circa 1933
(See OV 19)
5
27
Theater Marquees, circa 1944
5
28
Traffic Signals, 1949-1954
5
29
Trains, 1931
(See also OV 20)
5
30
Tugboats and Ships, undated
(See also OV 18)
5
31
Under the El Tracks, 1953
5
32
Visits to Movie and Televisions Studios, 1954
5
33
Women
Seated Women, undated
5
34
Single Women in the Street, circa 1940-1951
5
35
Groups of Women in the Street, undated
5
36
Women in Front of Shops, 1939-1940s
5
37
Women, No Setting, circa 1944-1948
5
38
Single Women, No Setting, 1940s-1954
5
39
Drum Majorettes, undated
5
40
Modern 1939 Venus, circa 1939
5
41
Nudes, circa 1949-1954
5
42
Erotic Drawings, circa 1953-1954
5
43
Burlesk (sic) Dancers, undated
(See also OV 19)
5
44
Miscellaneous, undated
(See OV 21)
5
45
Oversize, Caricatures, undated
(See Box 4, F35)
OV 12
Oversize, Coney Island, undated
(See Box 4, F38)
OV 13
Oversize, Europe, Miscellaneous, 1926
(See Box 5, F5)
OV 14
Oversize, Miscellaneous, undated
(See Box 5, F10)
OV 15
Oversize, New York, Miscellaneous, undated
(See Box 5, F13)
OV 16
Oversize, Portraits, Unidentified, undated
(See Box 5, F16)
OV 17
Oversize, Portraits, Identified, 1926
(See Box 5, F17)
OV 17
Oversize, Tugboats and Ships, undated
(See Box5, F30)
OV 18
Oversize, Various Matted Drawings
Portrait, Unidentified, undated
(See Box 5, F16)
OV 19
[Ten Cents a Dance], circa 1933
(See Box 5, F26)
OV 19
[Burlesk Dancer?], undated
(See Box 5, F43)
OV 19
Oversize, Various Sketches
Anatomy Drawing, undated
(See Box 4, F28)
OV 20
Seated Figures, undated
(See Box 5, F19)
OV 20
Seventeenth-century Dress, undated
(See Box 5, F20)
OV 20
Trains, undated
(See Box 5, F29)
OV 20
Oversize, Women, Miscellaneous, undated
(See Box 5, F44)
OV 21
5.2: Sketchbooks, 1901-1954, and undated
Subseries consists of several sketchbooks, including ones comprised of portraits, studies, and rough sketches of various subjects, as well as one of childhood art work dating from 1900, one documenting his trip to Europe in 1949, and one of erotic drawings.
Sketchbooks were assigned numbers at some point, though it is not clear what particular order the numbers follow nor who assigned them. The numbers appear in brackets in the respective file title. Sketchbooks are arranged in rough chronological order.
Description Container
Sketchbook [#26], Childhood Art Work, 1901-1918, 1938
(2 folders)
5
46-47
Sketchbook, Portraits and City Scenes, circa 1920s?
5
48
Sketchbook [#36], Various Subjects, circa 1940s-1954
5
49
Sketchbook [#27], Studies and Anatomy Drawings, 1942-1947
5
50
Sketchbook [#28], Various Subjects, 1942-1945
5
51
Sketchbook [#22], Various Subjects, 1948-1954
(4 folders)
5
52-55
Sketches in Sample Book of Tracing and Drawing Paper, 1948
5
56
Sketchbook [#43], Europe, 1949
5
57
Sketchbook, Erotic Drawings, 1950
5
58
Sketchbook Fragment, undated
5
59

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