Papers and artifacts, 1917-1946, of Julius John Lankes, artist, who lived many years of his life in Newport News, Va. Includes biographical data, notes concerning a Lankes exhibition at the College of William and Mary; printed books by Lankes; correspondence and documents concerning the publication of Virginia Woodcuts by Lankes; photocopies of letters concerning a visit to Robert Frost; photocopies of prints from Lankes woodcuts; and woodcut blocks. Additions (Sm Coll Add 12, 1996.42, 1996.55, 1997.13 and 1997.14) include copies of twelve letters from Sherwood Anderson to Lankes (mostly concerning Lankes' woodcuts), photocopies of woodcut designs and correspondence, as well as a reproduction of a Lankes self-portrait. The additions also include two checklists: Burl N. Osborn, " A Descriptive Checklist of the Woodcut Bookplates of J. J. Lankes (Millersville, Pa., 1937) and "The Descriptive List of J. B. Lankes' Christmas Cards, 1959-1983 as well as four original signed woodcuts.
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Julius John Lankes was born in Buffalo, New York, 31 August 1884. He married Edee Maria Bartlett and had four children. He worked as a draftsman and took art courses. Lankes moved to Virginia in 1925. He was a visiting lecturer in art at Wells College and head of the section of technical illustration at Langley Field. Lankes was the author of several works and illustrated books. He died in Durham, N. C.
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Gifts between 1962 and 2000. Acc. 1997.14 gift of Emily L. Fournier.
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