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Una Hanbury papers, 1910-1994, bulk 1966-1990

Una Hanbury papers, 1910-1994, bulk 1966-1990

Hanbury, Una, 1904-1990


Collection Information

Size: 5.3 linear ft.

Biographical/Historical Note

Una Hanbury (1904-1990) was a sculptor in Washington, D.C. and Santa Fe, N.M. [Birthdate also cited as 1909, although daughter confirmed 1904 birthdate.] Studied at both London's Polytechnic School of Art and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in London. She is best known for bronze portrait busts of distinguished individuals such as Rachel Carson, Buckminster Fuller, Georgia O'Keeffe, among others others.


Donated 1999 and 2006 by Jillian Poole, Hanbury's daughter.

Scope and Contents

Personal and business records, project files, estate papers, photographs, video recordings, and printed material relating to Hanbury's career as a portrait sculptor.

Personal papers, 1926-1970, consist of correspondence with family and friends, memorabilia, public speaking files, pencil drawings by Hanbury and a silkscreen by her grandson, Colin Poole. Business records, 1965-1991, include correspondence with galleries, museums, and foundries, also ledgers, and price lists. Project files, 1963-1989, (arranged alphabetically by title/commission) contain photographs of sitters, letters, casting records, and related printed matter. Estate records, 1990-1994, include correspondence, inventories, appraisals, price lists, and a contract with Saunders Sculpture International. Printed matter, 1926-1990, consists of Hanbury's published writings, exhibition catalogs, announcements, invitations, articles about Hanbury and her work, obituary and memorial service brochure. Photographs, ca. 1910-1985, are of Hanbury as a child and young girl, and include a view of a sculpture class at the Royal Academy, 1925, as well as later photographs of Hanbury, 1964-1985, at special events, with horses, and in her studio, and photographs of her work.

ADDITION: Files on galleries, including the Munson Gallery and the Robertson Gallery; files on portrait sitters Richard Neutra, S. Dillon Ripley, Robert Oppenheimer, Georgia O'Keeffe, and others, containing letters, printed material, and photographs; photographs of Hanbury and her works of art; a videotape of a demonstration by the artist; appraisal information, and inventory and price lists; exhibition announcements; newspaper clippings; and miscellany.

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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