This collection is comprised of manuscript materials, excerpts, journals, auction catalogues, booksellers' bulletins, and
books by Félicien Rops and his contemporaries. Rops, a Belgian engraver, illustrator and painter, is associated with the Belgian
avant-garde and the Symbolists of the late 19th century. Rops gained fame through his use of erotic and Satanic imagery and
his mastery of the Realist style. The materials date from the 1870s to circa 1913.
Collection donor Michael G. Wilson is best known as the producer and screenwriter of films in the James Bond series (per Prints
and Drawings curator Naoko Takahatake). Wilson, born in New York City in 1942, obtained degrees in electrical engineering
and law and later joined the film business of his stepfather, Albert R. Broccoli. In 2008 he was made an officer of the Order
of the British Empire. In addition to his work in film, Wilson is a noted collector and expert in nineteenth century photography,
and co-authored the book
Pictorialism in California with Dennis Read.
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