Lucy M. Stanton collection

Lucy M. Stanton collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
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) 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. (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.


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

Index Terms

Artists' materials.
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

Lucy M. Stanton collection, MS 3486. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

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.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series 1: Correspondence

11Lucy M. Stanton correspondence, 1905-1924
2Lucy M. Stanton correspondence, 1924-1930
3Lucy M. Stanton correspondence from nieces and nephews, 1917-1925, undated
4Lucy M. Stanton correspondence and souvenir postcards, undated
5Lucy M. Stanton frame catalogue, undated
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

Frances Forbes Heyn

Frances Forbes Heyn was Lucy May Stanton's niece.
112Correspondence, 1949-1997
13Guggenheim scholarship- plans for work on "Negro Children's Play Songs and Dances"
14Work for "Negro Children's Play Songs and Dances"
15Drafts of "Negro Children's Play Songs and Dances"
16Frances 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

Series 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)
5Dynamic Symmetry of the Greek Vase by Jay Hambridge
6The Parthenon and Other Greek Temples: Their Dynamic Symmetry by Jay Hambridge
7Dynamic 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 Water Color and Miniature Exhibitions catalogue, November-December 1928
4Exhibition of Water Colors, Pastels Drawings and Miniatures, January-February 1931
5LMS list of exhibitions and pieces
5Exhibition list, 1930
7Exhibition tags/LMS membership cards
8Exhibition notes
9Exhibitions (no participation by LMS)

Series 3: Financial and estate material

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

Series 4: Printed material and photographs

54Ephemera, 1920s/1930s
5Clippings- Atlanta
6-9Clippings- unsorted
10Printed material
11Lucy May Stanton, Artist and Teacher by Claudine Swickard, May 23, 1994
12Biographical Information and research
13Photocopies of artwork
14Photocopies of artwork 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

Series 5: Realia

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