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Walker Hancock papers, 1911-1995

Walker Hancock papers, 1911-1995

Hancock, Walker Kirtland, 1901-1998


Collection Information

Size: 9.0 linear ft.

Addition 2.2 linear ft.

Summary: Correspondence, project files, writings, sketches, photos, printed matter, and an interview transcript relating to his career as a sculptor. Correspondents include Cecilia Beaux, William Zorach, Booth Tarkington, Paul Manship, Adolph Weinman, Henry Kreis, and C. Paul Jennewein. Also included are Hancock's personal files relating to his work as a consultant to the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial (Georgia), 1961-1978.

Photographs of Hancock at the site of the Stone Mountain project, 1965-1967; photographs of works of art by Hancock; and photographs of works of art by Joe Brown.

A curriculum vitae, 1971; 2 sketches, undated and 1911 by Hancock and a sketch, circa 1978, by Joe Brown; correspondence, including a letter, 1961, from Paul Manship containing recipes for patinas; notes, 1978-1980, concerning Hancock's work on a project for the Philadelphia Civic Center; a copy of Hancock's speech for the National Sculpture Society on April 8, 1980; clippings; 4 exhibition catalogs, 1925-1928; miscellaneous programs and printed material, 1926-1980.

Project files; transcript (incomplete) of an interview with Hancock by Timothy Crouse; writings by or about Hancock; miscellaneous correspondence, including letters from artists Daniel Chester French, Laura Gardin Fraser, Deane Keller, Robert Weinman, Brenda Putnam, Paul Manship, Andrew Wyeth, Gifford Beal and Sidney Waugh; clippings; and printed material.

Biographical/Historical Note

Walker Hancock (1901-1998) was a sculptor from Gloucester, Massachusetts. Hancock was born in 1901 in St. Louis, Missouri. He studied at Washington University for one year before moving on to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he studied under Charles Grafly. He taught at PAFA from 1929 to 1967. During his career, he produced hundreds of realistic works, ranging from a 39 ft. bronze angel in the 30th St. Station in Philadelphia, to a bust of former President Bush in the Capitol, to a monumental statue of James Madison in the Library of Congress, to a Christ figure in the central altar in the National Cathedral in Washington. Hancock first visited Gloucester in 1921, built a studio there, and later moved there permanently. He died at home at age 97.


Donated 1974-1996 by Walker Hancock.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reels 3946, 1718-1726, 1818 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

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How to Cite This Collection

Walker Hancock papers, 1911-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.