Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Where Are They Now?

From the minute books of the P&C, we learn that at the meeting of July 10, 1924, "Mr. Engle announced that the Red Book Corporation has donated 60 original illustrations in oil and wash by several of the leading illustrators. These will be framed by Newcomb Macklin without charge and delivered to the Palette & Chisel Club."

We also see the following note from the August 6, 1929, meeting: it was moved and seconded that the club secretary write "Mr. Thiede a letter of thanks for his donation to the Club of five illustrations in oil done by Harvey Dunn, A.J. Keller, N.C. Wyeth, and H.D. Koerner. Attended to."

All that remains of this collection appears to be hanging on the walls of the kitchen. The Keller painting is still there, along with a handful of other illustrations. The others are gone, and I have not seen them in the six years or so that I have been coming around the P&C.

If you do not mind your cultural inheritance, you stand in danger of losing it.


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