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Lucy M. Stanton collection

Lucy M. Stanton collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Lucy M. Stanton collection
Creator: Stanton, Lucy M., 1875-1931
Inclusive Dates: 1867-1997
Language(s): English
Extent: 2.6 Linear Feet 6 document boxes, 1 slide box
Collection Number: ms3486
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Lucy May Stanton (1875-1931) is best known as a painter of portrait miniatures in watercolor on ivory, during a revival of that art form, which took place during the Arts and Crafts movement in the United States after 1890. Her mature style in miniature painting is distinguished by her innovative use of broad washes, and her portraits, both miniature and full-scale, and particularly those depicting African Americans, are powerful evocations of character, expression, and mood. Working in the Deep South in the early twentieth century, Stanton was among the first artists to represent black subjects without sentimentality or prejudice.

Lucy was born in Atlanta and educated and the Southern Female College, and taught classes both there and other schools once she graduated. Her professional artist career began in 1894. She studied abroad in Paris twice (1896-1898 and 1905-1906) where she received most of her formal instruction in art. She died in 1931 from a sudden illness.

W. Stanton Forbes was born in Athens, Georgia. He was the son of Lucy Stanton's sister, Willie Forbes. As a child, he studied art with his aunt, the artist Lucy May Stanton. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1932 with a BA in English and received a Master's degree in English from Vanderbilt University under the poet John Crowe Ransom.

Frances Forbes Heyn (1906-2005) was Lucy May Stanton's niece. She married Anton Heyn (1906-1992).

For more information, see the article Lucy May Stanton in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of works of art and materials relating to Lucy May Stanton, Frances Forbes Heyn, and W. Stanton Forbes. Items includes scrapbooks, exhibition catalogs, photographs, calling cards and memorabilia relating to Lucy May Stanton's funeral, family expense records, sketchbooks, paint pots and paint brushes used by W. Stanton Forbes, ivory pieces, and an audiotape of Frances Forbes Heyn singing Gullah songs. There is also corespondence from Stanton, Heyn, and Forbes, and printed material concerning Lucy M. Stanton.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lucy M. Stanton collection, ms3486, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Artists' materials
Audiotapes, broadcasting equipment.
Exhibition catalogs.
Forbes, W. Stanton -- Correspondence
Heyn, Frances -- Photographs
Sea Islands Creole dialect -- Songs and music.
Stanton, Lucy M., 1875-1931 -- Death and burial
University of Georgia -- Alumni and alumnae

Related Collections in this Repository

For related collection held by the Hargrett Library see also: Lucy M. Stanton collection, ms846; Lucy M. Stanton papers, ms392; W. Stanton Forbes collection, ms2081; and W. Stanton Forbes papers, ms940.

Related audiovisual materials from this collection are housed in the Walter J. Brown Media Archive:

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Correspondence

11Lucy M. Stanton correspondence, 1905-1924
12Lucy M. Stanton correspondence, 1924-1930
13Lucy M. Stanton correspondence from nieces and nephews, 1917-1925
14Lucy M. Stanton correspondence and souvenir postcards
15Lucy M. Stanton frame catalogue
16W. Stanton Forbes correspondence, 1931-1966
W. Stanton Forbes was Lucy May Stanton's nephew.
17W. Stanton Forbes correspondence, 1966-1967
18W. Stanton Forbes correspondence, 1967-1974
19W. Stanton Forbes correspondence, 1975-1979
110Willie Forbes correspondence, 1931-1932
Willie Stanton Forbes was Lucy Stanton's sister.
111Miscellaneous correspondence
112Frances Forbes Heyn - Correspondence, 1949-1997
113Frances Forbes Heyn - Guggenheim scholarship- plans for work on "Negro Children's Play Songs and Dances"
114Frances Forbes Heyn - Work for "Negro Children's Play Songs and Dances"
115Frances Forbes Heyn - Drafts of "Negro Children's Play Songs and Dances"
116Frances Forbes Heyn - Frances Forbes Heyn magnetic reel to reel recording
116Condolence letters- death of Lucy M. Stanton, 1931
21-4Condolence letters- death of Lucy M. Stanton, 1931
25Blank postcards

2. Education and career

26Southern Female College catalogues and reports, 1867-1891
27Southern Female College catalogues and reports, 1894-1896
28Southern Female College catalogues and reports, 1896-1899
29Copley Society annual report, 1925-1926
210Schools of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts booklet, 1929-1930
211Sketchbooks (3)
32Ivory pieces
33Notes on Jeannie Evelyn (miniaturist)
34LMS Scrapbook
35Dynamic Symmetry of the Greek Vase by Jay Hambridge
36The Parthenon and Other Greek Temples: Their Dynamic Symmetry by Jay Hambridge
37Dynamic Symmetry in Composition by Jay Hambridge
38LMS notes from Jay Hambridge course in Boston
39LMS notes on reviews
310LMS miscellaneous notes
311Classes taught
312Class record (taught by LMS), 1922
41Exhibition catalogues, 1906-1950
42Sesqui-centennial International Exposition Catalogue, 1926
43Annual Watercolor and Miniature Exhibitions catalogue, 1928 November-December
44Exhibition of Watercolors, Pastels Drawings and Miniatures, 1931 January-February
45LMS list of exhibitions and pieces
45Exhibition list, 1930
47Exhibition tags/LMS membership cards
48Exhibition notes
49Exhibitions (no participation by LMS)

3. Financial and estate material

410Financial ledger , 1915
411Family expense record, 1925
412Family expense record, 1928
413Family expense record, 1929
414Family expense record, 1930
51Receipts, bills
53Funeral memorial book, 1931

4. Printed material and photographs

54Ephemera, 1920-1939
55Clippings- Atlanta
56-9Clippings- unsorted
510Printed material
511Lucy May Stanton, Artist and Teacher by Claudine Swickard, 1994 May 23
512Biographical Information and research
513Photocopies of art
514Photocopies of art used by W. Stanton Forbes in book
515Contemporary Art of the United States, 1940
516Photographs of Lucy M. Stanton
517Photographs of relatives and friends
518Photographs of scenery/buildings

5. Artifacts

61Silver goblet used by LMS in self-portrait "The Silver Goblet"
62Block print portrait of LMS
63The Works of Horace by Thomas Chase, 1884
64Poems by Francis Thompson, 1911
65Mont St. Michel and Chartres by Henry Adams, 1928
66Modern Masters of Etching by Anders Zorn
67W. Stanton Forbes-paintbrushes
71-9W. Stanton Forbes- paint pots