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E. (Elizabeth) MacKinstry illustrations

CLRC.MACKINSTRY

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Free Library of Philadelphia: Children's Literature Research Collection
Creator:
MacKinstry, E. (Elizabeth)
Title:
E. (Elizabeth) MacKinstry illustrations
Date [inclusive]:
circa 1900-1956
Call Number:
CLRC.MACKINSTRY
Extent:
0.42 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
This collection consists of sketches, studies, and drawings by children's illustrator E. (Elizabeth) MacKinstry (1879-1956).
Cite as:
[Description and date of item], [Box and folder number], E. (Elizabeth) MacKinstry illustrations, circa 1900-1956, Free Library of Philadelphia, Children?s Literature Research Collection.
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Biography/History

E. (Elizabeth) MacKinstry was born in 1879 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Her family moved to Paris when she very young. There she began studying violin at age 7. She proved to be a musical prodigy and studied under famed violinist Eug?ne Ysa?e, but her brief career as a violinist came to an end when she was a teenager due to tuberculosis of the spine. Afterwards her family returned to the United States and she began studying drawing and sculpture. She taught art at Albright Art School of the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy in Buffalo, New York from 1911-1913. In 1913 she published a book of poetry, Helen's Mirror and Other Verses, under the pseudonym Elizabeth Westermain, but she did not begin illustrating children?s books until 1924 with  What Shall We Play?, written by Edna Geister. This was followed in 1925 by the poetry collection  Puck in Pasture (1925), which she both wrote and illustrated. Many of Mackinstry?s illustrations were done for anthologies of fairy tales, including  The White Cat, and Other Old French Fairy Tales (1928) and  Anderson?s Fairy Tales (1933). She died on May 13, 1956 in Lenox, Massachusetts. In 1957, she was honored with a memorial exhibit of her work at the Central Children?s Room of the New York Public Library.

Bibliography

Something About the Author, vol. 42.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of three bound volumes and four sets of drawings and studies by children's illustrator E. (Elizabeth) MacKinstry (1879-1956). Subjects range from figure drawings to copies of famous artworks to demonstrations of various artistic techniques. Many of the artworks feature religious or literary themes, including illustrations by MacKinstry for The Hobbit,  Pilgrim's Progress,  Richard III, and others. There are also designs for stage sets and costumes for Christopher Marlowe's  Doctor Faustus. MacKinstry was a skilled and versatile artist who mastered many styles, from classical to Cubist, all represented in this collection.

Arrangement note

The collection is arranged in alphabetical order by title.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Free Library of Philadelphia: Children's Literature Research Collection,  April 2012

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Lindsay Friedman

Sponsor

The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources? ?Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives? Project.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers by appointment. Please contact the Curator for information on access.

Use Restrictions

The right of access to material does not imply the right of publication. Permission for reprinting, reproduction, or extensive quotation from the rare books, manuscripts, prints, or drawings must be obtained through written application, stating the use to be made of the material. The reader bears the responsibility for any possible infringement of copyright laws in the publication of such material. A reproduction fee will be charged if the material is to be reproduced in a commercial publication.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Florence Brooks, 1960.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Yale University: Elizabeth MacKinstry Papers, 1913-1957, YCAL MSS 408.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Drawings (visual works)
Personal Name(s)
  • MacKinstry, E. (Elizabeth)
Subject(s)
  • Art--Technique
  • Children's authors--20th century

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Collection Inventory

Drawings and Studies.

Box Folder
"Drawings by E. MacKinstry," bound volume of drawings, gouache, graphite, pen and ink, and watercolor on paper, 110 pages.
Scope and Contents note

This volume contains sketches and studies, many with religious and literary themes. There are copies of work by famous artists, studies of stained glass and sculptures, and a variety of works done to demonstrate various artistic techniques. Many of the drawings are annotated by MacKinstry.

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"Drawings in Black and White," bound volume of drawings, gouache, graphite, lithograph, pen and ink, and watercolor on paper, 118 pages, circa 1941-1955.
Scope and Contents note

This volume contains drawings and sketches, many in a modernist style. It also includes a illustrated poem, Ole' Joel Griscom.

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Object
"In Medusa's Wood," gouache and pen and ink on paper.
General note

Housed with Children's Literature Research Collection original framed artwork.

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Box Folder

"Medaeval-After Tapestries," pen and ink on paper, 7 sheets.

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"Melancholy Reflections on Art," pen and ink on paper, 6 sheets, 1938 July.
Scope and Contents note

A humorous set of art historical sketches by MacKinstry.

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"Piers Ploughman," pen and ink and watercolor on paper, 2 sheets.

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"Studies of Notes," bound volume of drawings, gouache, graphite, pen and ink, and watercolor on paper, 174 pages, circa 1938-1955.
Scope and Contents note

The drawings include extensive figure studies, demonstrations of different art techniques, and illustrations for literary works including The Hobbit,  Pilgrim's Progress,  Richard III, and  Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis. There are also designs for stage settings and costumes for Christopher Marlowe's  Doctor Faustus.

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"Techniques and Pen Try-outs," pen and ink on paper, 30 sheets.
Scope and Contents note

A set of drawings and lettering using quills, copper points, steel, gold, and bamboo pens.

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