Ralph E. Clarkson papers

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1900–1941

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

.5 linear foot (1 box) of correspondence, photographs, and printed matter documenting the career of artist Ralph E. Clarkson. Also included are clippings relating to the life of Clarkson's colleague Lorado Taft.

Biographical Historical Note

Painter Ralph E. Clarkson was notable for his portraits. Born in Amesbury, Massachusetts, Clarkson studied at the Boston Museum School and later at the Academie Julian in Paris. He became an active portrait artist in Chicago, Illinois, arriving in 1896. Clarkson was an instructor and governing member of the Art Institute of Chicago. Along with Lorado Taft, he was a founding member of Eagle's Nest, an art colony in Oregon, Illinois, in 1898.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Campus Art Collection Records, Smart Museum of Art.