|Creator:||Stanton, Lucy M., 1875-1931|
|Title:||Lucy M. Stanton collection|
|Quantity:||2.6 Linear feet (6 document boxes, 1 slide box)|
Lucy May Stanton (1875-1931) created works in oil, pastel, and watercolor; but she 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. http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-972 (Retrieved December 9, 2010)
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).
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.
Arranged in five series: Series 1. Correspondence; Series 2. Education and career; Series 3. Financial material; Series 4. Printed material and photographs; Series 5: Realia
Lucy M. Stanton collection, MS 3486. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.
For related collection held by the Hargrett Library see also: MS 846 Lucy M. Stanton collection; MS 392 Lucy M. Stanton papers; MS 2081 W. Stanton Forbes collection; and MS 940 W. Stanton Forbes papers.