Guide to the Albert Stewart Photograph Collection

Guide prepared by Kenneth W. Homsley for History Associates Incorporated.
Ella Strong Denison Library
Scripps College
1090 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, California 91711
Phone: (909) 607-3941
Fax: (909) 607 1548
Email: denison@libraries.claremont.edu
August, 20, 2005


Administrative Summary

Title: Albert Stewart Photograph Collection
Creator: Stewart, Albert
Dates: 1930-1965
Date (bulk): (bulk 1933-1935)
Quantity: 19.5 cubic feet
Repository: Claremont Colleges. Library.
1090 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, California 91711
Abstract: The Albert Stewart Photograph Collection contains drawings and photographs of sculptures created by Albert Stewart, which document his career as one of America’s foremost modern sculptors. His sculptures adorn the interiors and exteriors of numerous museums, government institutions, memorials, churches, schools, and universities throughout California. The collection covers the years 1930 to 1965, with the bulk of the material ranging from 1933 to 1935.
Collection Number: D19XX.3
Physical Location: Ella Strong Denison Library
Language: English

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research with permission from Ella Strong Denison Library staff.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with Scripps College. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact Ella Strong Denison Library staff.

Preferred Citation

Albert Stewart Photograph Collection. Ella Strong Denison Library, Scripps College, Claremont, California.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Marion Stewart on January 17, 1980.

Processing Information

Preliminary arrangement by library staff. Processed by History Associates Incorporated, 2005.

Accruals

No addition to the collection is anticipated.

Biography of Albert Stewart

Albert Stewart (1900-1965), one of America’s foremost modern sculptors was born in Kensington, England, and immigrated to the United States with his grandfather at the age of eight (his mother died at his birth). During the First World War he served in the Canadian Royal Air Force, after which he returned to New York City and pursued his art studies at the Beaux Arts Institute of Design and the Arts Students League, wile also filling in for the staff cartoonist at the Herald Tribune. In New York he studied under both Frederick MacMonnies and his mentor Paul Manship, for whom he later became a chief assistant (1925-1930).
Manship’s art had a formative and lasting influence on Stewart. While working for Manship, Stewart developed an appreciation for archaic trend in modern sculpture, and for the statuary – Egyptian, early Greek, and Romanesque. His sculpture was greatly influenced by the study of these periods, and animals were a recurring theme throughout his career. Among these works are the hawk on the Ft. Moore Memorial pylon in Los Angeles, and his monumental bronze bear, “Silver King” (1925) that was purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. During the late 1920’s and 1930’s Stewart worked on various items, ranging from medals to large, monumental architectural decorations. Stewart’s architectural sculpture, which he began in the 1930’s, includes the stone dolphin sculptures for the Seaman’s Memorial in New York City (1930), the pediment sculpture for the Department of Labor Building in Washington, D.C. (1935), and the Second World War battle monument in Thiaucourt, France.
Based on his reputation, Malvina Hoffman, the prominent American Sculptress, recommended Stewart to President Jaqua and Millard Sheets when they were looking for a sculptor for the art department at Scripps College in Claremont California. In 1939 he was appointed head of the sculpture program at Scripps College where he and his wife, Marion, stayed until his death in 1965.
Among some of his most visible works in California are the 14’ façade figures on the Los Angeles County Courthouse (1956), and the 16’ heroic stone figures on the Scottish Rites Temple on Wilshire Boulevard (1960). Other well-known examples of his work include: the free-standing Christ the Teacher (1943) at Claremont Community Church; the bronze fawn that drinks from the fountain in front of the Lang Gallery at Scripps College (1952); the large standing bronze figures on the exterior of the Home Savings and Loan Building in Pasadena (1961); and Man and Nature (1965), which stands in front of the Humanities Building at Scripps College. Shortly before his death, his 9’ bronze statue “Refugees” was dedicated in Gouda, Holland (1964).

Chronology

1900 Born in London, England, on April 9.
1907 Family moved from London and settled in the United States.
1931 Created Decorative Panels for 333 Michigan Avenue Building, Chicago, Illinois
1931 Created Baptristrey Doors, St. Bartholomew’s Church, NYC
1934 Created Municipal Auditorium Relief’s, Kansas City, Missouri [WPA]
1934 Created Pediment, Department of Labor Building, Washington, D.C.
1934 Created Eagle Sun Dial for American Battle Monument, U.S. Cemetery, Thiaucourt, France
1935 Panels and Eagle, U.S. Mint, San Francisco, California
1939 Appointed head of the sculpture program at Scripps College, Claremont, California
1939 Created panels for the Nassau County Court House, Mineola, NY
1946 Created panels on Home Builder’s Savings and Loan Association, Pomona California
1952 Created Animal Figures in Brick Wall at Los Angeles County Fair Grounds at Pomona
1953 Created Relief’s for Life Science Building, UCLA, Los Angeles, California
1956 Created 14’ Figures for Los Angeles County Court House, Los Angeles, California
1958 Created Eagle and Panels for Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial, Los Angeles, California
1960 Created 16’ Heroic Stone Figures for Scottish Rite Temple, Los Angeles, California
1964 9’ Bronze Statue “Refugees” Dedicated in Gouda, Holland
1965 Died in Claremont, California, on September 23.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Albert Stewart Photograph Collection contains drawings and photographs of sculptures created by Stewart documenting his career as one of America’s foremost modern sculptors. His sculptures adorn the interiors and exteriors of numerous museums, government institutions, memorials, churches, schools, and universities. The collection consists solely of photographic material and covers the years 1930 to 1965 with the bulk of the material ranging from 1933 to 1935.
The largest series in the collection consists of oversize photographs of sculptures created by Albert Stewart.
The collection is organized into three series:
  • Series 1. Photographs, 1930-1965, 1.0 cubic ft
  • Series 2. Oversize Photographs, 1930-1961. 17 cubic feet
  • Series 3. Exhibition Posters, n.d. 1.5 cubic feet
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Index Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects:

Stewart, Albert, 1900-1965
Sculpture, American

Genres and Forms of Materials

Drawings
Photographs
Sketches


Collection Contents

 

Series 1 Photographs, 1930-1965

Physical Description: 1 cubic ft.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains photographs of sculptures created by Stewart, including those of animal themes such his “Bear” sculpture, and his “Fawn” sculpture, which is located at the Fountain on Scripps College. This series also includes photographs of several of his architectural sculptures, including the Department of Labor Building in Washington, D.C. and the Kansas City Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, MO.

Note

Box 1, Folder 1

333 North Michigan Building, Chicago IL., Bronze Side panels and Elevator Doors, 1930

Box 1, Folder 2

American Battle Monument, U.S. Cemetary, Thiacourt, France, 1934

Box 1, Folder 3

Anteater, undated

Box 1, Folder 4

Bear, 1965

Box 1, Folder 5

Birds in Flight, 1963

Box 1, Folder 6

Bonnie Bell Wardman Library, Whittier College, Memorial Wall, undated

Box 1, Folder 7

Buffalo City Hall, Detail of Head, 1930

Box 1, Folder 8

Carved Relief Group, Palm Desert, CA., undated

Box 1, Folder 8

David, 1965

Box 1, Folder 7

Department of Labor Building, Washington, D.C., Pediment Sculpture, 1935

Box 1, Folder 8

Dolphin, Seaman’s Memorial, Jeanette Park, New York, New York, 1930

Box 1, Folder 9

Elijah, 1950

Box 1, Folder 10

Fawn, Scripps College (Fountain), undated

Box 1, Folder 11

First Cavalry Division Memorial, undated

Box 1, Folder 12

Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial, Los Angeles, CA., 1958

Box 1, Folder 13

Garden Vase, 1929

Box 1, Folder 14

Hollywood Park, Inglewood, CA., Swaps Statue, 1958

Box 1, Folder 15

Home Owner’s Loan Corporation Building, Washington, D.C., Relief panels, 1935

Box 1, Folder 16

Home Savings and Loan Building, Pasadena, CA., undated, 1961

Box 1, Folder 17

Home Savings and Loan, Torrance, CA., Family Group, undated

Box 1, Folder 18-19

Kansas City Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, MO., undated

Box 1, Folder 18

Exterior Relief’s, undated

Box 1, Folder 19

Theatre Decoration, undated

Box 1, Folder 20

Life Science Building, UCLA, Dolphin and Panther relief Panels, 1953

Box 1, Folder 21

Lizard, undated

Box 1, Folder 22

Los Angeles County Courthouse, 1956

Box 1, Folder 23

Los Angeles County Fair Grounds, Pomona, CA., Brick Wall Relief, 1952

Box 1, Folder 24

Man and Nature, undated

Box 1, Folder 25

Merchantile Continental Building, Dallas, Texas, 1959

Box 1, Folder 26

Millard Fillmore Memorial, undated

Box 1, Folder 27

Robert A. Millikan Laboratory, Pomona College, Claremont, CA., 1963

Box 1, Folder 28

Mineola County Court House, Mineola, NY, Panels, [1939]

Box 1, Folder 29

Neighbors Church, Pasadena, CA., Children’s Chapel, undated

Box 1, Folder 30

Neptune Fountain, Dover Shores, Newport Beach, CA., 1963

Box 1, Folder 31

New York World’s Fair, 1939

Box 1, Folder 32-33

Porpoise, 1965, undated

Box 1, Folder 34

Rabbit, undated

Box 1, Folder 35

Refugee Memorial, 1962

Box 1A, Folder 1

St. Paul City Hall and Court House, St. Paul, MN., Historical Panels,

Box 1A, Folder 2

Scottish Rite Temple, undated

Box 1A, Folder 3

Sea Lion, undated

Box 1A, Folder 4

Seaver Laboratory, Pomona College, Claremont, CA., 1963

Box 1A, Folder 5

Study for Eternal Primitive, 1965

1A, 6

Torso, undated

1A, 7-8

Miscellaneous [Photos I], undated

1A, 9

Miscellaneous [Photos II], undated

1A, 10-11

Unidentified, undated

 

Series 2 Oversize Photographs, 1934-1961

Physical Description: 1.7 cubic ft.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains oversize material, and is the largest series in the collection. Items in this series include photographs of sculptures of an animal theme, sculptures of a religious theme, and architectural sculptures. The photographs of architectural sculptures include: the Eagle Sun Dial at the American Battle Monument at the U.S. Cemetery in Thiaucourt, France; the stone heroic figures at the Scottish Rite Temple in Los Angeles, California; the American eagle at the Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial in Los Angeles, California; and the incised relief of the Mormon Battalion at the Fort Moore Memorial in Los Angeles.
Box 2, Folder 1

All Saints Church, Beverly Hills, CA., undated

Box 2, Folder 2-3

American Battle Monument, U.S. Cemetery, Thiaucourt, France,, Eagle Sun Dial, 1934

Box 2, Folder 4

American Battle Monument, U.S. Cemetery, Thiaucourt, France, Eagle (Study for Thiaucourt Memorial), 1934

Box 2, Folder 5

American Battle Monument, U.S. Cemetery, Thiaucourt, France, Eagle (Panel over door), 1934

Box 2, Folder 6

Aphrodite, undated

Box 2, Folder 7

Black Buck Group, undated

Box 2, Folder 8-18

Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, NY., undated

2, 8-13

Figures of the Seasons, undated

2, 14

North Panel, undated

2, 15-18

Panel, undated

Box 3, Folder 1

Christ Head, 1955

Box 3, Folder 2

Claremont Community Church, Claremont, CA., Christ the Teacher, undated

Box 3, Folder 3-4

Community Church, Claremont, CA., Wooden Door Grilles, 1952

Box 3, Folder 5-6

Cosmopolitan Club Fountain, NY., undated

Box 3, Folder 7-11

Department of Labor Building, Washington, D.C., Pediment, 1935

Box 3, Folder 12

Diana, undated

Box 3, Folder 13-14

Dolphin Relief Panel, Life Science Building, University of California, Los Angeles, 1953

Box 3; 14, Folder 15; 1-2

Duck, Garden Pool of Mrs. Duncan Holmes, undated

Box 3, Folder 16-18

Eternal Primitive, 1962, 1965

Box 3, Folder 19

Fawn, Garden Club of America Prize, 1930

Box 3, Folder 20-21

First Cavalry Division, [1950]

Box 3, Folder 22-24

Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial, Los Angeles, CA., 1958

Box 3, Folder 22-23

Eagle Panel Details, 1958

Box 3, Folder 24

Incised Relief , 1958

Box 3, Folder 25

Herons, undated

Box 3, Folder 26

Herons, Garden of Mrs. William Greer, undated

Box 4, Folder 1-2

George S. Hinckley Memorial, Redlands, CA., [1946]

Box 4, Folder 3-4

Holy Family Church, Orange, CA., 1957

4, 3

Iron Grille, Metal Reredos Decoration, 1957

4, 4

Relief Grille, Exterior, 1957

Box 4, Folder 5

Home of Mrs. Benjamin Lehmau, Palm Desert, CA., Decoration, undated

Box 4, Folder 6-13

Home Owners Loan Corporation Building, Washington, D.C., 1935

Box 4, Folder 14-20

Home Savings and Loan Building, Pasadena, CA., 1961

Box 4, Folder 21

Home Savings and Loan Building, Torrance, CA., Family Group, undated

Box 5, Folder 1-10

Kansas City Municiple Auditorium, Kansas City, MO., undated

Box 5, Folder 1-5

Exterior Figure

Box 5, Folder 6-8

Façade Figure

Box 5, Folder 9-10

Industrial Figure

Box 5, Folder 11-18

Kansas City, Theatre, Kansas City, MO., undated

Box 5, Folder 11

Interior Figure

Box 5, Folder 12-14

Drama Figure

Box 5, Folder 15

Exterior Figure

Box 5, Folder 16

Figures

Box 5, Folder 17-18

Interior Figure

Box 6, Folder 1

Ladd Memorial, Tarrytown, NY., Detail, Sleepy Hollow, undated

Box 6, Folder 2

Leda and Swann, Avery Prize, Architectural League, undated

Box 6, Folder 3

Los Angeles County Fair Grounds, Pasadena, CA., Brick Wall Relief, 1952

Box 6, Folder 4-10

Los Angeles County Court House, Heroic Terra Cotta Figures, undated

Box 6, Folder 4-8

Heroic Terra Cotta Figures

Box 6, Folder 9

Declaration of Independence Mosaic Law

Box 6, Folder 10

Mosaic Law

Box 6, Folder 11-12

Man in Nature, 1965

Box 6, Folder 13

Medalists Society, Peace Medal, 1937

Box 6, Folder 14

Merchantile Continental Building, Dallas, TX, One of Five, Figure Group Façade Decoration, 1959

Box 7, Folder 1-13

Mineola Court House, Mineola, NY, 1939

Box 7, Folder 14

Modern Crucifixion, 1938

Box 7, Folder 15

Thomas Hunt Morgan Memorial Tablet, California Institute of Technology, 1951

Box 7, Folder 16

Neighborhood Church, Pasadena, CA., Carved Figures for Doors of Children’s Chapel, 1956

Box 7, Folder 17

Neighborhood Church, Pasadena, CA. And St. Michaels Church School, Los Angeles, CA., 1955-1956

Box 7, Folder 18

Neumismatic Society Commemorative Medal, 1939

Box 7, Folder 19-22

New York World’s Fair, Administration Building Figure, 1939

Box 7, Folder 23

New York World’s Fair, Puma Group, 1939

Box 7, Folder 24

Nymph, undated

Box 8, Folder 1-5

Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, Claremont, CA,.1952

Box 8, Folder 1-3

Grille

Box 8, Folder 4

Madonna and Child (side altar)

Box 8, Folder 5

Saint Joseph (side altar)

Box 8, Folder 6-12

Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, Ventura, CA., 1953-1954, undated

Box 8, Folder 6

Altar Crucifixion, 1953

Box 8, Folder 7

Sacred Heart, undated

Box 8, Folder 8

St. Anne with the Young Mary, 1953-1954

Box 8, Folder 9

St. Joseph (side altar), undated

Box 8, Folder 10

Station of the Cross # 3, undated

Box 8, Folder 11

Station of the Cross # 4, undated

Box 8, Folder 12

Station for the Cross # 5, undated

Box 8, Folder 13

Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA., Grille, 1955

Box 8, Folder 14

Padua Hills, Theatre, Claremont, CA., undated

Box 8, Folder 15

Pasadena Museum, Pasadena, CA., Christus, 1945

Box 8, Folder 16-17

Patsy and Rabbits, Garden of Edwin Bechtel, NY., undated

Box 8, Folder 18

Radiator Cap for Packard Company, undated

Box 8, Folder 19-22

Refugee Memorial, Gouda Holland, [1962]

Box 9, Folder 1

Sainte Anne and the Young Mary, undated

Box 9, Folder 2-8

St. Bartholomew’s Church, NY, undated

Box 9, Folder 2

Baptistry Doors

Box 9, Folder 3-8

Church Doors

Box 9, Folder 9

St. Bartholomew’s Church, NY, and Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, Ventura, CA., undated

Box 9, Folder 10

St. John of God Church, Norwalk, CA., Madonna, 1954

Box 9, Folder 11

St. Madeline Catholic Church, Pomona, CA., Untitled, 1964

Box 9, Folder 12

St. Michael’s Church School, Los Angeles, CA., Interior Figure, 1955

Box 9, Folder 13-18

St. Paul City Hall and Courthouse, St. Paul, MN., Panel, undated

Box 10, Folder 1-6

St. Paul Court House, St. Paul, MN., Interior Panels 1-6, undated

Box 10, Folder 7

[San Pedro], Untitled, undated

Box 10, Folder 8

Scheherazade, undated

Box 10, Folder 9-16

Scottish Rite Temple, Los Angeles, CA., 1960

Box 10, Folder 9

De Reims

Box , Folder 10

Hiram

Box 10, Folder 11

Imhotep

Box 10, Folder 12

Zurubabel

Box 10, Folder 13-16

Untitled

Box 10, Folder 17

Scripps College, Girl with Harp, 1953

Box 10, Folder 18

Scripps College, Claremont, CA., Reclining Figure, 1949

Box 11, Folder 1-8

Station of the Cross Numbers 1-9 and 14, undated

Box 11, Folder 9-10

Studio, 1939, 1952

Box 11, Folder 11

Torso, Marble, undated

Box 11, Folder 12-17

Unidentified, undated

Box 12, Folder 1

United Savings Building, Los Angeles California, Over-life Size Group in Marble, undated

Box 12, Folder 2-8

U.S. Mint, San Francisco, CA., 1935

Box 12, Folder 2-3

Emblematic Eagle

Box 12, Folder 4

Eagle Panel

Box 12, Folder 5

Panel 1

Box 12, Folder 6

Panel 2

Box 12, Folder 7

Panel 3

Box 12, Folder 8

Panel 4

Box 12, Folder 9

U.S. Post Office, Albany, NY., Eagle, 1933

Box 12, Folder 10

Irvine A. Weichbrodt Memorial, undated

Box 12, Folder 11

White House, Washington D.C., Eagles, White House Piano, 1938

Box 12, Folder 12-15

Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA., undated

Box 12, Folder 12

Commerce

Box 12, Folder 13

The Home

Box 12, Folder 14

Protection

Box 12, Folder 15

Security

 

Series 3 Exhibition Posters undated

Physical Description: 1.5 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This series contains exhibition posters announcing exhibitions for various artists’ collections throughout California.
Box 13, Folder 3-4

Exhibition Posters, undated