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Alson Clark Collection of Photographs: Finding Aid
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Description
This collection contains 1289 photographs, chiefly gelatin silver prints, reflecting the professional life and travels of American impressionist painter Alson Skinner Clark, some taken by Alson Clark and some by commercial and unidentified photographers, from approximately 1889-1939. The collection chiefly comprises portraits of Alson and his wife, Atta Medora Clark; photographs depicting their studio home in the Arroyo Seco area of Pasadena, California; examples of Clark's work; and scenes reflecting Alson Clark's travels, both with and without Medora Clark, throughout the Southwestern United States and to Mexico, Europe, and Canada. The collection also includes photographs depicting India, China, and Korea in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and photograph albums depicting the aftermath of World War I in Europe and the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915 in San Diego.
Background
Alson Skinner Clark (1876-1949) was an American Impressionist painter known for his landscape paintings; his murals, including at the Carthay Circle Theater in Los Angeles and the First Trust and Savings Bank in Pasadena; and the fire curtain of the Pasadena Playhouse, which featured a Spanish galleon in full sail.
Extent
1289 photographs in 8 boxes and 1 flat file: chiefly gelatin silver prints; prints various sizes 35 x 27 cm and 28 x 36 and smaller, chiefly 18 x 28 and smaller, and one ticket book.
Restrictions
The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.
Availability
The collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please visit the Huntington's website: www.huntington.org.