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Ralph E. Clarkson Papers

A work made of photographs, correspondence and printed papers..

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  • A work made of photographs, correspondence and printed papers..

Date:

c.1900-1941

Artist:

Ralph Elmer Clarkson (1961-1942)

About this artwork

Born in Amesbury, Massachusetts on August 3, 1861, artist and educator Ralph Elmer Clarkson played an important role in the development of Chicago’s artistic establishment at the turn of the 19th century. After several years working in New York, Paris and Italy, Clarkson settled in Chicago in 1896. While living in Chicago, Clarkson taught painting at the School of the Art Institute and was the president of several notable arts organizations including the Chicago Society of Artists, the Art Commission of Chicago, and the Art Commission of the state of Illinois. Clarkson was also active in the Cliff Dwellers club, the Illinois Athletic Club and the Eagle’s Nest Camp. This collection sketches a broad view of the career of Ralph E. Clarkson (1861–1942), including photographs, printed materials, manuscripts and correspondence. Highlights include photographs of many of Clarkson’s artworks, clippings relating to the life of Lorado Taft, Clarkson’s colleague, and letters regarding his works and other social matters.

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Status

Currently Off View

Department

AIC Archives

Artist

Ralph Elmer Clarkson

Title

Ralph E. Clarkson Papers

Date

Made 1900–1941

Medium

Photographs, correspondence and printed papers.

Dimensions

0.5 linear foot (1 box)

Credit Line

Gift of Frank Wadsworth, 2005.

Reference Number

2005.5

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