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Blakeney (Lena Stovall) Art and Personal Papers
MSA.12  
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Description
Lena Stovall Blakeney (1878 October 16-1964 June 19) was an artist who lived and worked in southeastern Oklahoma from 1903 until her death in 1964. Her works excelled in close observations of people and landscapes of southeastern Oklahoma during its transition from Indian Territory to statehood. The collection consists of drawings, paintings, sketches, watercolors, and other works by Lena Stovall Blakeney from 1896-circa 1940, as well as personal papers and clippings from 1890-1982.
Background
Lena Rivers Stovall Blakeney, born 1878 October 16, was an artist renowned for her portraits and landscapes in southeastern Oklahoma during its transition from Indian Territory to statehood. Blakeney was born in Bethel Springs, Tennessee, and attended The Ward Seminary for Young Ladies in Nashville, Tennessee, where she specialized in music and painting. In 1898, Blakeney was the art director and creator of most of the illustrations for the school's yearbook The Iris. Lena was a fan of contemporary artist Charles Dana Gibson, creator of the "Gibson Girl." Lena Rivers Stovall married Hooks Blakeney in Jackson, Tennessee on 1902 January 22, and the couple moved to Ladonia, Texas. On 1903 March 14, the Blakeneys moved to Hugo, Indian Territory, where Lena's brother D. A. Stovall lived. Lena Blakeney continued to develop as an artist, and she began painting with oils. Blakeney also studied and painted the New Mexico landscape during trips made between 1933 and 1940. Blakeney developed a working relationship with painters and printmakers Doel Reed and Joseph Fleck.
Extent
14.6 Linear Feet (12 boxes)
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry Museum of the American West. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Research Services and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry Museum of the American West as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
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