Guide to the John and Jane Adams Artwork Collection

Finding Aid Authors: Matthew Stroh.
© Copyright 2008 Special Collections & University Archives. All rights reserved.
2008-02-26
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San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
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Guide to the John and Jane Adams Artwork Collection 1890/1936

Special Collections & University Archives

Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: John and Jane Adams Artwork Collection
Dates: 1890-1936
Identification: MS-0052
Physical Description: 5.00 linear ft
Language of Materials: English French German Japanese
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
Phone: 619-594-6791

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Personal Name:

Adams, Jane Ford -- Art collections
Adams, John R., 1900-1994 -- Art collections

Title:

Art, American -- 19th century Art, European -- 20th century

Topical Term:

Art -- Private collections -- California -- San Diego
Art, American -- 20th century

Administrative Information

Accruals:

1989

Conditions Governing Use:

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, John and Jane Adams Artwork Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a number of pieces of artwork (etchings, oil, watercolor, acrylic, and others) by early twentieth century American and European artists. 
A San Diego contingent of landscape artists is headed by Charles Arthur Fries (1854-1940), called the “Dean of San Diego Painters.”  Ivan Messenger (1895-1983) was a member of the San Diego Moderns and was also a printmaker of some renown.  Rounding out the San Diego scene is Helen Johnston Balfour (1847-1925) known for her watercolors of California scenery. 
Also included in the collection is a piece by one of the most prominent western artists in United States history, Charles Marion Russell (1864-1926).  The final American artist of note represented in the collection is George Taylor Plowman (1869-1932), best known for his etchings of covered bridges in New England. 
Represented in the collection are pieces by two European artists of particular interest.  The first is a piece by Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), who has been compared to Henri Matisse (1869-1954).  There is a color etching by German expressionist Conrad Felixmuller (1897-1977), whose companion piece to this, “Einsame Frau,” is not in this collection.

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1

Priboscis, Viktor Von. "Chimpanzee." Works Progress Administration art work, unframed circa 1936

Box 1

Mansart, Paul. "Abbeville: La Cathedrale St. Wulfran." Undated. Color etching.

Box 1

Helny, [Untitled image of sea coast], undated. Color etching

Box 1

Unknown, "William Henry Harrison." Print on fabric with embroidery. circa 1890

Box 1

Unknown, [Cottage in forest], undated. Oil or acrylic on wood.

Box 2

Plowman, George Taylor. [Notre Dame, Paris, from the river Seine, right bank], undated. Ill[ustravit] et imp[rimavit], black & white etching.

Box 2

Farington, Joseph. "Court Garden and Great Marlow." Undated reproduction of etching published by J & J Boydell June 1, 1793

Box 2

Messenger, Ivan. "Cabrillo Arches, Balboa Park." Watercolor. Undated.

Box 3

Russell, Charles Marion. [Cowboy]. Color print. 1904

Box 3

Unknown. [Pastoral scene of Mt. Fuji or unidentified volcano]. Color painting on cloth. Undated

Box 3

Bonnard, Pierre. "Illustration pour Sainte Monique," litographie originale. Black and white lithograph. Undated.

Box 3

Kumchika. [Color Japanese woodblock print] circa 1930

Box 4

Felixmuller, Conrad. "Einsammer Mann [Lonesome Man]." Farbiger holzschnitt [color woodcut]. Unframed. 1920

Box 4

Balfour, Helen. "Spring in Arroyo." Watercolor 1932

Box 4

Braun, Maurice. [California Foothills]. Color reproduction of an oil painting. Undated

Box 4

Unknown. [Portrait of a Woman]. Color oil or acrylic on canvas, unframed. Undated

 

Fries, C.A. "Bed Time." Oil on canvas. Undated

Scope and Contents

Vault
 

Fries, C.A. "The Desert Sea." Oil on canvas. Undated

Scope and Contents

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