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John Spencer papers, 1930-1994, (bulk 1933-1944)

Creator:
Spencer, John
Subject:
Cornwell, Dean
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
0.2 linear ft. (20 items)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Summary:
Papers relate to Spencer's experiences as an assistant to muralist Dean Cornwell on the Los Angeles Central Library Mural project from 1927-1933 and to his subsequent relationship with Cornwell. Included are 13 letters from Cornwell to Spencer, 1933-1944, in which Cornwell offers criticism of Spencer's sketches and discusses related matters on composition and current art projects; a photo of a cartoon for a mural panel "The Discovery Era" by Cornwell ca. 1930-1931; drawings by Spencer from a lecture on the Los Angeles Central Library Mural by Cornwell; clipping on board of Cornwell and Spencer working on the Los Angeles Library Mural; and a photocopy of a clipping, 1994, regarding the murals.
Citation:
John Spencer papers, 1930-1994, (bulk 1933-1944). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Painter; California.
Provenance:
Donated 1994 by John Spencer.
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration
Mural painting and decoration, American
Muralists
Painters
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6523
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215784
AAA_collcode_spenjohn
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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