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Dowd Modern Graphic History Library Artwork Collection


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Maginel Wright Barney

John Held Jr.

Lucile Patterson Marsh

Al Parker

Al Hirschfeld

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Dowd Modern Graphic History Library Artwork Collection, 1922-1958 | MGHL Dowd Modern Graphic History Library

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Title: Dowd Modern Graphic History Library Artwork Collection, 1922-1958Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: MGHL/mghl00034

Primary Creator: Barney, Maginel Wright (1877-1966)

Other Creators: Held, John, Jr. (1889-1958), Marsh, Lucile Patterson (1890-1978), Parker, Alfred, 1906-1985

Extent: 3.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Series arranged alphabetically by artist.

Date Acquired: 02/01/2016. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Barney, Maginel Wright, 1877-1966, Caricatures and cartoons., Collier's., Cosmopolitan (1886), Entertainers -- Caricatures and cartoons., Held, John, Jr., 1889-1958, Hirschfeld, Al (1903-2003), Illustrators--United States, Ladies' home journal., Magazine Illustration, Magazine illustration--20th century, Marsh, Lucile Patterson, 1890-1978, Parker, Alfred, 1906-1985, Woman's home companion., Woman's world magazine

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection includes original artwork on paper and board in addition to related published reproductions.

Collection Historical Note

Maginel Wright Entright Barney (1881-1966) worked as an illustrator from the 1920s through the 1940s. She created cover artwork and illustrations for publications such as Ladies' Home Journal and McCall's. She was well known for her children's book illustrations, including several books by L. Frank Baum. Barney was the younger sister of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

John Held Jr. (1889-1958) worked as an illustrator from the 1920s through the 1940s. He started his career at the age of fifteen as a newspaper cartoonist. His work was published on the covers of prominent publications such as Vanity Fair, Life, Judge, The New Yorker, and Harper's Bazaar. Held was well known for his use of humor and depictions of the flapper, but fell out of popularity in the 1930s.

Al Hirschfeld (1903-2003) was a self described “characterist,” his signature work, defined by a linear calligraphic style, appeared in virtually every major publication of the last nine decades (including a 75 year relationship with The New York Times) as well as numerous book and record covers and 15 postage stamps. (From the Al Hirschfeld Foundation.)

Lucile Patterson Marsh (1890-1970) worked as an illustrator from the 1920s through the 1950s. She illustrated covers for many of the mainstream magazines, including Woman's Home Companion, Ladies' Home Journal, Pictorial Review, and Cosmopolitan. She also held numerous accounts with corporations such as Jell-O, Ivory Soap, and General Electric. She was known for her depictions of children and domestic settings.

Al Parker (1906-1986) began his career in the 1930s when he won a national competition that featured his illustration on the cover of House Beautiful. Parker's illustrations were published on numerous covers and within the pages of many notable magazines. Some of the publications featuring Parker's work include Chatelaine, Collier’s, Women’s Home Companion, and Ladies’ Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, McCall’s, The Saturday Evening Post, Sports Illustrated, Pictorial Review, Town and County, and Vogue. Parker was born in St. Louis and graduate from the School of Fine Arts at Washington University.

Subject/Index Terms

Barney, Maginel Wright, 1877-1966
Caricatures and cartoons.
Cosmopolitan (1886)
Entertainers -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Held, John, Jr., 1889-1958
Hirschfeld, Al (1903-2003)
Illustrators--United States
Ladies' home journal.
Magazine Illustration
Magazine illustration--20th century
Marsh, Lucile Patterson, 1890-1978
Parker, Alfred, 1906-1985
Woman's home companion.
Woman's world magazine

Administrative Information

Repository: MGHL Dowd Modern Graphic History Library

Accruals: Series 5: Al Hirschfeld original work of art donated in December 2019 by Keith Sherman of the Hirschfeld Foundation.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions to access.

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Method: Series 1-4 of this collection was purchased by the Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Department of Special Collections at Washington University in St. Louis.

Related Materials:

The Al Parker Collection contains original works of art, tear sheets, correspondence, and model photographs from Parker's career.

The Walt Reed Illustration Archive contains original works of art by John Held Jr.

Preferred Citation: Dowd Modern Graphic History Library Artwork Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

Processing Information: Series 1-4 his collection was processed by Andrea Degeiner in March 2017; Series 5 was processed in March 2020.

Finding Aid Revision History: The finding aid was revised by Andrea Degener in March 2020.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Maginel Wright Barney, 1938],
[Series 2: John Held Jr., 1931],
[Series 3: Lucile Patterson Marsh, 1922-1923],
[Series 4: Al Parker, 1958],
[Series 5: Al Hirschfeld, 1956],

Series 1: Maginel Wright Barney, 1938Add to your cart.
Original cover illustration published in Woman's World and published issue.
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Item 1: The Apple Tree, October 1938Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Watercolor, pencil, and wash on paper, 14.25x12.4 inches. Cover illustration; two children stand under an apple tree. The girl shakes the branch of the tree, causing apples to rain down on the younger boy who is covering his head.
Item 2: Woman's World, October 1938Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Published issue of Woman's World with cover illustration.

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