First reel has title screen: "Hilltop Happenings: Harpursville Summer 1932," and shows Cornelia Chapin with unidentified friends or family doing daily chores as well as working on a sculpture of a female figure in her studio. Some of the other reels were filmed in 1936 while she was working in Paris, and show several scenes of Chapin and her teacher Mateo Hernandez at their studio demonstrating their direct carving method. There is also a large amount of footage of Chapin and Hernandez with friends at the zoo in Paris, and Chapin sketching horses at a racing event.
Home movies of Cornelia Chapin, 1932-1936. Marion Sanford and Cornelia Chapin papers, 1929-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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