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Subseries 4.10 | A Finding Aid to the Walt Kuhn, Kuhn family papers, and Armory Show records, 1859-1984, bulk 1900-1949 | Digitized Collection

Walt Kuhn, Kuhn family papers, and Armory Show records, 1859-1984, bulk 1900-1949

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4.10: Artwork, 1906-1952
1.2 linear feet
Box 23, 32, OV 48-54

This series contains original drawings, sketches, and prints created by Walt Kuhn. See also Series 4.11: Photographs and Scrapbooks, for addtional artwork in scrapbooks.
Cartoons include bird cartoons published in
Life
and in the book
A Little Bird Told Me
(1908, see Printed Materials), personal cartoons by Vera and Walt Kuhn depicting themselves, and one sketch of the Kuhns attributed to the cartoonist Oscar Edward Cesare. Two sketchbooks from Kuhn's trips to the Western United States are found, as well as Kuhn family Christmas cards, with Walt Kuhn's linotype prints of western scenes. Kuhn's ongoing interest in the circus is seen in his notes, sketches, and ink drawings of clown acts from 1941, accompanied by a short essay by Kuhn entitled "Plan to Revitalize the Clown and Fun Problem of the Circus." Folders containing miscellaneous artwork include rough sketches and designs, as well as finished drawings and cartoons, mostly undated.
Illustrated letters, sketches, and cartoons are scattered throughout the collection. See individual series descriptions for more details. Copies of artwork in this series are marked as such and filed alongside originals. Reproductions of additional artwork are filed in Provenance Files and Photographs and Scrapbooks.
The bulk of this series has been scanned. Only a sample of original Drawings for
Life
has been scanned due to copyright statements giving reproduction rights to Life Publishing Company.
DescriptionContainer
Original Drawings for
Life
, circa 1906-1912, undated
partially scanned
oversized material housed in OV 48-54
23
12
Personal Cartoons, 1909-1910
23
13
Sketchbooks from Trips to the Western U.S., 1928, 1936
23
14
Walt Kuhn Christmas Cards
Original Drawings, 1938, 1947, undated
23
15
Hand-Colored and 2-color Prints, 1931-1955, undated
23
16
Duplicates, 1933-1952, undated
23
17
Clown Act Sketches, Notes, and Watercolor Drawings, circa 1941
4 folders
23
18-21
Miscellaneous Original Sketches, Drawings, and Cartoons, 1929-1947, undated
2 folders
oversized material housed in Box 32
23
22-23
Miscellaneous Original Sketches, Drawings, and Cartoons, Copy, undated
23
24
Prints, 1928, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 32
23
25
The Hunt
(Paper Toy Figures), circa 1920
23
26
Costume Crest by Walt Kuhn, undated
23
27
Reproductions of Early Cartoons by Walt Kuhn, 1906, 1937, undated
23
28
Artwork by Others
17th Century German Engraving, undated
23
29
Heirich von Zügel Sketch, undated
23
30
Jules Pascin Portrait of Walt Kuhn (reproduction of 1916 drawing), 1940
23
31
Patsy Santo Painting and Tracings, 1940, undated
23
32
Brenda Kuhn Painting, 1922
23
33
Brenda Kuhn Scrapbook, 1934-1935
(includes one sketch by Walt Kuhn)
23
34
Oversized Miscellaneous Sketch
Oversized material scanned with Box 23, F22
32
Oversized Prints
Oversized material scanned with Box 23, F25
32
Oversized Original Drawings for
Life
Oversized material scanned with Box 23, F12
OV 48-54

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  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.