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Robert Vickrey papers, 1951-2008

Vickrey, Robert, 1926-2011


Collection Information

Size: 4.3 linear feet

Summary: Audio-visual material, personal and professional correspondence, writings by Vickrey and others, financial records, and printed material relating to Robert Vickrey's career as an illustrator and portrait painter. Printed material includes exhibition catalogs and announcements.

Approximately half of the collection consists of VHS tapes, sound reels, and audio casettes documenting Vickrey's various projects.

Correspondence is with family and friends as well the Harmon-Meek gallery in Naples, Fla. regarding loans of Vickrey's work for exhibition. Writings include articles by Vickrey for various publications, including Cape Codder, The Oracle, The Chronicle, The Cape Paper, and The Review; a draft manuscript by Philip Eliasoph for his book "Robert Vickrey: Lyrical Realist"; a manuscript of Vickrey's unpublished memoir, "Time Traveler", concerning his career at Time magazine; and a manuscript by Donald Miller, "Creatures of the Spirit: Robert Vickrey's Nun Paintings". Also included is Vickrey's notebook, "Tiny Trims," containing reel splices.

Financial records include files on various institutions for the rights and reproduction to works by Vickrey. Printed material includes newspaper clippings, magazine covers, many designed by Vickrey, exhibition catalogs and brochures.

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Vickrey (1926- ) is a portrait painter and illustrator, from Cape Cod, Mass. and Naples, Fla. Vickrey mastered Egg Tempera painting and is well known for his illustrations for the cover of "Time" magazine. Throughout his career, Vickrey also painted portraits of nuns from the order of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.


Donated 2007 by Robert Vickrey and in 2016 by R. Scott Vickrey, Robert Vickrey's son and executor.

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

How to Cite This Collection

Robert Vickrey papers, 1951-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.