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John and Jane Adams Artwork Collection, 1890-1936

By Matthew Stroh

Collection Overview

Title: John and Jane Adams Artwork Collection, 1890-1936

Extent: 5.0 Boxes

Languages: English [eng], French [fre], German [ger], Japanese [jpn]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection contains a number of pieces of artwork (etchings, oil, watercolor, acrylic, and others) by early twentieth century American and European artists. 

A San Diego contingent of landscape artists is headed by Charles Arthur Fries (1854-1940), called the “Dean of San Diego Painters.”  Ivan Messenger (1895-1983) was a member of the San Diego Moderns and was also a printmaker of some renown.  Rounding out the San Diego scene is Helen Johnston Balfour (1847-1925) known for her watercolors of California scenery. 

Also included in the collection is a piece by one of the most prominent western artists in United States history, Charles Marion Russell (1864-1926).  The final American artist of note represented in the collection is George Taylor Plowman (1869-1932), best known for his etchings of covered bridges in New England. 

Represented in the collection are pieces by two European artists of particular interest.  The first is a piece by Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), who has been compared to Henri Matisse (1869-1954).  There is a color etching by German expressionist Conrad Felixmuller (1897-1977), whose companion piece to this, “Einsame Frau,” is not in this collection.

Administrative Information

Accruals: 1989

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: John and Jane Adams

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, John and Jane Adams Artwork Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Box and Folder Listing

Box 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Priboscis, Viktor Von. "Chimpanzee." Works Progress Administration art work, unframed, circa 1936Add to your cart.
Item 2: Mansart, Paul. "Abbeville: La Cathedrale St. Wulfran." Undated. Color etching.Add to your cart.
Item 3: Helny, [Untitled image of sea coast], undated. Color etchingAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Unknown, "William Henry Harrison." Print on fabric with embroidery., circa 1890Add to your cart.
Item 5: Unknown, [Cottage in forest], undated. Oil or acrylic on wood.Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Plowman, George Taylor. [Notre Dame, Paris, from the river Seine, right bank], undated. Ill[ustravit] et imp[rimavit], black & white etching.Add to your cart.
Item 2: Farington, Joseph. "Court Garden and Great Marlow." Undated reproduction of etching published by J & J Boydell, June 1, 1793Add to your cart.
Item 3: Messenger, Ivan. "Cabrillo Arches, Balboa Park." Watercolor. Undated.Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Russell, Charles Marion. [Cowboy]. Color print., 1904Add to your cart.
Item 2: Unknown. [Pastoral scene of Mt. Fuji or unidentified volcano]. Color painting on cloth. UndatedAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Bonnard, Pierre. "Illustration pour Sainte Monique," litographie originale. Black and white lithograph. Undated.Add to your cart.
Item 4: Kumchika. [Color Japanese woodblock print], circa 1930Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Item 1: Felixmuller, Conrad. "Einsammer Mann [Lonesome Man]." Farbiger holzschnitt [color woodcut]. Unframed., 1920Add to your cart.
Item 2: Balfour, Helen. "Spring in Arroyo." Watercolor, 1932Add to your cart.
Item 3: Braun, Maurice. [California Foothills].  Color reproduction of an oil painting. UndatedAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Unknown. [Portrait of a Woman]. Color oil or acrylic on canvas, unframed. UndatedAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Fries, C.A. "Bed Time." Oil on canvas. UndatedAdd to your cart.
Held in Vault
Item 2: Fries, C.A. "The Desert Sea." Oil on canvas. UndatedAdd to your cart.
Held in Vault