Lucy M. Stanton collection

Lucy M. Stanton collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Stanton, Lucy M., 1875-1931
Title: Lucy M. Stanton collection
Dates: 1867-1997
Quantity: 2.6 Linear feet 6 document boxes, 1 slide box
Coll. Number: ms3486

Biographical/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. (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).

Scope and Content Note

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.

Index 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

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

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

Related Material

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.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Correspondence

11Lucy M. Stanton correspondence, 1905-1924
2Lucy M. Stanton correspondence, 1924-1930
3Lucy M. Stanton correspondence from nieces and nephews, 1917-1925
4Lucy M. Stanton correspondence and souvenir postcards
5Lucy M. Stanton frame catalogue
6W. Stanton Forbes correspondence, 1931-1966
W. Stanton Forbes was Lucy May Stanton's nephew.
7W. Stanton Forbes correspondence, 1966-1967
8W. Stanton Forbes correspondence, 1967-1974
9W. Stanton Forbes correspondence, 1975-1979
10Willie Forbes correspondence, 1931-1932
Willie Stanton Forbes was Lucy Stanton's sister.
11Miscellaneous correspondence
12Frances Forbes Heyn - Correspondence, 1949-1997
13Frances Forbes Heyn - Guggenheim scholarship- plans for work on "Negro Children's Play Songs and Dances"
14Frances Forbes Heyn - Work for "Negro Children's Play Songs and Dances"
15Frances Forbes Heyn - Drafts of "Negro Children's Play Songs and Dances"
16Frances Forbes Heyn - Frances Forbes Heyn magnetic reel to reel recording
16Condolence letters- death of Lucy M. Stanton, 1931
21-4Condolence letters- death of Lucy M. Stanton, 1931
5Blank postcards

2. Education and career

26Southern Female College catalogues and reports, 1867-1891
7Southern Female College catalogues and reports, 1894-1896
8Southern Female College catalogues and reports, 1896-1899
9Copley Society annual report, 1925-1926
10Schools of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts booklet, 1929-1930
11Sketchbooks (3)
2Ivory pieces
3Notes on Jeannie Evelyn (miniaturist)
4LMS Scrapbook
5 Dynamic Symmetry of the Greek Vase by Jay Hambridge
6 The Parthenon and Other Greek Temples: Their Dynamic Symmetry by Jay Hambridge
7 Dynamic Symmetry in Composition by Jay Hambridge
8LMS notes from Jay Hambridge course in Boston
9LMS notes on reviews
10LMS miscellaneous notes
11Classes taught
12Class record (taught by LMS), 1922
41Exhibition catalogues, 1906-1950
2Sesqui-centennial International Exposition Catalogue, 1926
3Annual Watercolor and Miniature Exhibitions catalogue, 1928 November-December
4Exhibition of Watercolors, Pastels Drawings and Miniatures, 1931 January-February
5LMS list of exhibitions and pieces
5Exhibition list, 1930
7Exhibition tags/LMS membership cards
8Exhibition notes
9Exhibitions (no participation by LMS)

3. Financial and estate material

410Financial ledger, 1915
11Family expense record, 1925
12Family expense record, 1928
13Family expense record, 1929
14Family expense record, 1930
51Receipts, bills
3Funeral memorial book, 1931

4. Printed material and photographs

54Ephemera, 1920-1939
5Clippings- Atlanta
6-9Clippings- unsorted
10Printed material
11 Lucy May Stanton, Artist and Teacher by Claudine Swickard, 1994 May 23
12Biographical Information and research
13Photocopies of art
14Photocopies of art used by W. Stanton Forbes in book
15Contemporary Art of the United States, 1940
16Photographs of Lucy M. Stanton
17Photographs of relatives and friends
18Photographs of scenery/buildings

5. Artifacts

61Silver goblet used by LMS in self-portrait "The Silver Goblet"
2Block print portrait of LMS
3The Works of Horace by Thomas Chase, 1884
4Poems by Francis Thompson, 1911
5Mont St. Michel and Chartres by Henry Adams, 1928
6Modern Masters of Etching by Anders Zorn
7W. Stanton Forbes-paintbrushes
71-9W. Stanton Forbes- paint pots