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Rockwell Kent papers, [circa 1840]-1993, bulk 1935-1961

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Series 3: Art Work , 1910-1972, undated
(Reels 5252, 5741)

Art work consists of drawings and sketches in pencil and ink by Kent; also included are works on paper by other artists, many of whom are unidentified, and by children.
Many drawings and sketches of miscellaneous subjects and various projects, circa 1920-1929 and undated, and costume and set designs for Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes, 1968, were received from the estate of Kent's widow, Sally Kent Gorton, in 2001. Estate inventory numbers are noted for these drawings.
The series is arranged into 2 subseries:
  • 3.1: Artwork by Rockwell Kent
  • 3.2: Artwork by Others
The bulk of this series has been scanned with the exception of drawings and sketches by other artists on various subjects.
3.1: Artwork by Rockwell Kent
Description Container
Loose Items
(drawings and sketches in pencil and ink, 1910, 1914, and undated; floor plan and elevations of small house, undated; small sketches of household scenes titled "Happy Days"; rough sketches for design of Sally and Rockwell Kent letterhead, 1940)
5252
683-720
Sketchbooks, Volume 1
(buildings, landscapes, sketches with notes regarding native costume [Alaska or Greenland?])
5252
723-747
Sketchbooks, Volume 2
(small figures, compositions, notes "in acct with A. [bbott] H. T. [hayer]")
5252
748-768
Sketchbooks, Volume 3
(portraits [Eskimos?], northern landscape)
5252
769-776
Sketchbooks, Volume 4
(self-portraits; back contains work by C. K. B., 1972)
5252
777-788
Sketchbooks, Volume 5
(landscapes-pages loose)
5252
789-794
Sketchbooks, Volume 6
(landscapes-spiral bound)
5252
795-798
Sketchbooks, Volume 7
(landscapes; floor plans with drawings of exteriors, architectural details; postcards; 1 photograph; printed reproductions, stamped Columbia University, with drawings done from them; note supplied by Sally Kent Gorton indicates that some sketches in this volume are by William Merritt Chase)
5252
799-843
Sketchbooks, Volume 8
(feet; figure)
5252
845-847
Sketchbooks, Volume 9
(buildings on Kent's property, AuSable Forks, N.Y.; landscapes)
5252
848-852
Peter Grimes
  • Costume Designs, Pencil Drawings (SKG Estate 2000.2.1-2, 2000.19.1-5), 1968.
  • Costume Designs, Watercolor and Pencil (SKG Estate 2000.15.1-4, 2000.16.1-4, 2000.17.1-4, 2000.18.1-4), 1968.
  • Set Designs, Pencil Drawings and Studies (Prologue, Act II, Scene II; Act III, Scene I; and undesignated scenes; SKG Estate 2000.12.1-3, 2000.13.1-9), with 8-page manuscript about the opera Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten, 1968.
  • Set Designs, Pencil Drawings and Studies (Act I, Scene II; Act II, Scene I; Act III, Scene II; and undesignated scenes; SKG Estate 2000.3.1-9, 2000.4.1-3), 1968 (oversize).
  • Set Designs, Ink and Gouache (Prologue and Act I, Scene I; SKG Estate 2000.8-11), 1968 (oversize).
  • Set Design, Ink and Gouache (Act I, Scene II; SKG Estate 2000.5), 1968 (oversize).
  • Set Designs, Ink and Gouache (Act II, Scene II; SKG Estate 2000.7, 2000.14.1), 1968 (oversize).
  • Set Designs, Ink and Gouache (Act III, Scenes 1 and II; SKG Estate 2000.6, 2000.9), 1968 (oversize).
5741
242-323
Color Lithograph, Study for War Poster, "Man Killing Nazi Snake" (used in It's Me, O Lord!; SKG Estate 2000.14), circa 1941
5741
324-325
Ink Drawings
  • Detail of Vermont Marble Workers' Strike Poster (used in It's Me, O Lord!; SKG Estate 2000.282), circa 1935.
  • Illustration Studies, To Thee (SKG Estate 2000.41), circa 1946.
  • Miscellaneous Subjects (SKG Estate 2000.109, 2000.151), undated.
5741
326-333
Pencil Drawings
  • Design Sketches for Fabrics (one with gouache; SKG Estate 2000.92-93), undated
  • Figures SKG Estate 2000.15.2-5, 2000.15.100, 2000.36, 2000.48-52, 2000.78, 2000.88-89, 2000.100-101, 2000.119, 2000.149, 2000.214-215, 2000.301-302, 2000.308, 2000.310-312, 2000.340, 2000.447), undated.
  • Figures, circa 1920 (SKG Estate 2000.15.6, 2000.62, 2000.71, 2000.73-74), undated (oversized).
  • Figures, Medical Drawings for Schering Corp. (SKG Estate 2000.17.1-2) circa 1942.
  • Greenland Subjects (SKG Estate 2000.391, 2000.451-452, 2000.469) undated.
  • Illustration Studies, Erewhon (SKG Estate 2000.421), undated.
  • Illustration Studies, Greenland Journal (SKG Estate 2000.19-22, 2000.394), undated.
  • Illustration Studies, It's Me O Lord! (SKG Estate 2000.300), undated.
  • Illustration Studies and Frontispiece, The Saga of Gisli Sour (SKG Estate 2000.436-437), undated.
  • Illustration Studies, This Is My Own (SKG Estate 2000.447), 1939.
  • Illustrations, Voyaging (SKG Estate 2000.440-443), 1922 (oversize).
  • Landscapes (SKG Estate 2000.49, 2000.87, 2000.98-99), undated.
  • Landscapes (SKG Estate 2000.57), undated (oversize).
  • Miscellaneous Subjects (SKG Estate 2000.77), undated (oversize).
  • Miscellaneous Subjects (SKG Estate 2000.36-38, 2000.69, 2000.83, 2000.112, 2000.115, 2000.163, 2000.171, 2000.174, 2000.176-179, 2000.185, 2000.307, 2000.445, 2000.449, 2000.478-479, 2000.497-500), undated.
  • Page Designs, Miscellaneous (SKG Estate 2000.82, 2000.84), undated.
  • Page Designs, To Thee, centennial history of Rahr Malting Co.], and Rahr Logo (SKG Estate 2000.107, 2000.486, 2000.490), circa 1947.
5741
334-428
Miscellaneous Media, Paper Stencil Cutout for Dairy Advertisement (SKG Estate 2000.339), circa. 1939
5741
429-430
3.2: Artwork by Others
Description Container
Caricature of Kent (by unknown), undated
5252
855-856
Various Subjects
(most unidentified and undated, including: drawings and sketches in pencil and ink; colored print; cardboard and wire construction)
5252
unfilmed
Artwork by Children
Drawings by Kent children and others
5252
unfilmed

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