Crisell Collection on Paul Landacre MS.2020.009

Rebecca Fenning Marschall
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
2022
2520 Cimarron Street
Los Angeles 90018
clark@humnet.ucla.edu


Contributing Institution: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Title: Crisell collection on Paul Landacre
Identifier/Call Number: MS.2020.009
Physical Description: 6 boxes (8 linear feet)
Date (inclusive): 1928-2020
Abstract: The Paul Landacre collection formed by Robert and Toni Crisell consists of the artist's prints and related drawings, published examples of his work, exhibition catalogs and other works about Landacre, and research files compiled by researcher Patricia Adler Ingram.
Language of Material: English .

Access to Collection

Collection is open for research; access requires at least 24 hours advance notice.

Provenance

Gift, Robert and Toni Crisell, 2020.

Organization of the Collection

This collection is organized into 3 series:
  1. Prints, Proofs, and Drawings
  2. Published Work
  3. Research Files, Realia, and Posthumous Publications

Biographical Note

Paul Hambleton Landacre was born in Columbus, OH, on 9 July 1893. He attended Ohio State University where he was a track and field athlete with dreams of participating in the Olympics. During his sophomore year, he contracted a streptococcus infection that caused permanent damage to his right leg and meant the end of his running career. After a long convalescence, he left the midwest for San Diego, where his father and stepmother had settled, and found work as a commercial illustrator at an advertising firm where he met his future wife, copywriter Margaret McCreery. Margaret Gertrude McCreery had been born in Missouri in 1891, but by the early 1910s had also relocated to San Diego with her parents and siblings.
Around 1923, Margaret moved to Los Angeles to further her career, and Paul soon followed. They married in 1925 and settled in the Edendale neighborhood of Los Angeles, in a house on El Moran Avenue where they would live for the rest of their lives. Landacre enrolled in some drawing courses at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, but he largely taught himself the craft of printmaking. In 1929, Margaret introduced Paul and his work to Jake Zeitlin, the Los Angeles bookseller for whom she worked at the time, and Zeitlin became an important early champion of Paul and his artwork. Through Zeitlin, Landacre also met Delmer Daves, another significant supporter and friend. During the 1930s, Landacre produced editions of single prints, in addition to working on book and magazine illustration. He also received some income from the Landacre Association, a subscription scheme organized by Zeitlin and Daves. Increasing commissions for book illustrations drew his attention away from art prints during the 1940s. The most notable books containing his work are California Hills (1931), The Boar and Shibboleth (1933), five books by Donald Culross Peattie (1939-1953), Tales of Soldiers and Civilians (1943), De Rerum Natura (1957), and On the Origin of Species (1963). From 1953 until his death he taught a course at Otis Art Institute.
Over the course of their lives together, Margaret played an instrumental role in Paul's career, continuing to work outside their home in addition to working behind the scenes to organize his business affairs and running their household (which included a succession of bulldogs). In 1963 Margaret McCreery Landacre died of cancer, and four weeks later, Paul Landacre died of injuries sustained in an attempt to take his own life.

Processing History

This collection was physically processed and described in 2022 by Rebecca Fenning Marschall. The entire Crisell collection is also included in the finding aid to the Clark Library's Paul Landacre Collection , which seeks to describe all Landacre materials at the Clark, for the ease of researchers.

Related Materials

Paul Landacre Collection , Press coll. Archives Landacre, UCLA William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.

Scope and Contents

This finding aid describes the Paul Landacre collection formed by Robert and Toni Crisell and includes a wide variety of the artist's wood cut prints and related drawings, as well as published examples of his wor, and works about him, such as exhibition catalogs. Prints collected by the Crisells include not just editioned prints, but preliminary proofs and progressive trial prints. Research files compiled by collector Patricia Adler Ingram, whose Landacre collection the Crisells acquired, include a significant amount of correspondence about Landacre with his printer colleagues and friends.
The Crisell collection is also enumerated in the finding aid to the Clark Library's Paul Landacre Collection , which has been compiled over time through various donations and purchases.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been assigned to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Clark Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

 

Prints, Proofs, and Drawings Series 1

Arrangement

This series is arranged in alphabetical order by title.

Scope and Contents

This series contains original artwork and prints by Paul Landacre. Works include preparatory drawings, intermediate trial pulls, proof prints, and editioned prints.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 3, folder 8

Bach [print]

General

Signed, 14/60. Removed from acidic mat August 2022.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 5, folder 8

Boar and the Shibboleth by Edward Doro: Title page [prints]

General

3 prints: 1 trial print, signed; 1 final version, unsigned, mounted in acid-free presentation mat; 1 final version on lightweight paper, signed.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 3, folder 3

Boar and the Shibboleth by Edward Doro: Title page trial proof [print]

General

Initialed and titled "Trial Proof" in Landacre's hand. Removed from acidic mat August 2022
box MS.2020.009 Bx 1, folder 27

Boar and the Shibboleth by Edward Doro: Trial proof [print]

General

Signed.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 2, folder 7

Brahms [print]

General

Signed, 23/60. Removed from acidic mat August 2022
box MS.2020.009 Bx 3, folder 1

Celebration [print]

General

2 copies, 12/60 and 13/60. Engraved for Hawaiian Pineapple Co. 13/60 emoved from acidic mat August 2022.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 3, folder 5

Cesar Franck [print]

General

Signed, 17/60. Removed from acidic mat August 2022.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 4, folder 1

Claude Debussy [print]

General

Signed, 2/60. Removed from acidic mat August 2022.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 2, folder 4

Conflict [print]

General

Signed, 23/50. Mounted in acid-free presentation mat.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 5, folder 5

De Rerum Natura by Lucretius: Birds, p. 97 [drawing]

General

Preparatory drawing for page 97 of book published by LImited Editions Club, 1957. With receipt from Claire de Heeckeren d'Anthes Fine Art.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 1, folder 19

De Rerum Natura by Lucretius: Proof print for page 64 [print]

General

Red estate stamp. Proof print. With dealer description from Dailey Rare Books.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 3, folder 9

Edmund Converse bookplate [print]

General

Signed. Removed from acidic mat August 2022.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 6, folder 1

Elizabeth Watson Diamond bookplate [print]

box MS.2020.009 Bx 3, folder 9

Ex Libris Mell Efird [print]

General

Signed. Removed from acidic mat August 2022.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 5, folder 7

Faculty Glade, Berkeley [print]

General

Signed, number 4/100. Printed on very thin tissue, torn at top above print mark.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 2, folder 1

Farewell Thou Busy World by John Hodgdon Bradley: Title page and decorations [prints] about 1935

General

Mat with title written in Paul Landacre's hand; prints signed. Prints removed from acidic mat July 2022 (mat retained).
box MS.2020.009 Bx 1, folder 2

Flowering Earth by Donald Culross Peattie: Title page [print]

General

Stamped twice. Dealer stamp from Origins of Art to verso.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 2, folder 6

Forest Girl [print] 1936

General

2 copies. Unsigned prints from American Artists Group. Printed labels on versos of original mats read: This print is an original woodcut made by me and printed with my approval and under my direction. It is in every respect the equivalent in quality of those prints issued by me in limited editions and sold at comparatively high prices. Its low price is made possible by the edition being neither pencil signed nor arbitrarily limited.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 3, folder 7

Franz Schubert [print]

General

Signed, 17/60. Removed from acidic mat August 2022.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 6, folder 4

Gil Blas in California: Chapter headings (albatross, ship, fruit, dice) [prints]

General

4 engravings on one block. 1 signed print, 1 trial proof, initialed.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 6, folder 10

Gil Blas in California: Chapter headings (condor, deer, bear, salmon, gold panning, treasure box) [print]

General

Trial proof before routing, with red estate stamp.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 6, folder 5

Gil Blas in California: Chapter headings (condor, deer, bear, salmon, gold panning, treasure box) [prints]

General

6 engravings on one block. 1 signed print, 1 trial proof, signed.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 6, folder 6

Gil Blas in California: Chapter headings (fire, dagger, alligator, snake, town, church) [prints]

General

6 engravings on one block. 1 signed print, 1 trial proof, signed.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 5, folder 6

Green Mansions: Chapter 1 page layout

General

Draft layout for Chapter 1 (p. 30), with woodcut print at top and header/lines of text roughly penciled in. Titled and signed along left margin by Landacre.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 6, folder 17

Happy New Year from the Landacres [print]

General

Print showing Margaret, Paul, and Chaucer the bulldog in front of their house, with a mockingbird on the roof. No recipient or date written on the card.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 6, folder 7

Harp (Christmas Card) [print]

General

initialed PL
box MS.2020.009 Bx 1, folder 14

Houses and stylized musical notes (New Year's card) [print] 1958

General

Cards sent to Mira Saunders and Samuel Kalish and Meta Stern Kalish, postmarked December 31, 1958.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 1, folder 8

Housewarming invitation for Jake Zeitlin's shop at 614 W. 6th Street, with cover by Landacre about 1935

box MS.2020.009 Bx 4, folder 5

Idols [print]

General

12/60. Signed. Engraved for Hawaiian Pineapple Co.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 1, folder 7

Immortal Village by Donald Culross Peattie: Three views of Vence [print] about 1945

General

Three prints, all signed. Traces of old mounting and adhesive tape at the top of each print.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 6, folder 12

Jake Zeitlin bookplate [print]

General

Baby holding a book, riding a grasshopper - Zeitlin's shop logo.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 2, folder 2

Laguna Cove [print]

General

Possible trial printing, or earlier version. Signed, titled in Landacre's hand. Number 15/60. Mounted in acid-free presentation mat.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 2, folder 3

Laguna Cove / Facing West [print]

General

Same image as Laguna Cove print in Box 2/2, but titled "Facing West" in Landacre's hand, both on the print and on the verso of the original mat. Signed, number 1/60. Mounted in acid-free presentation mat.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 4, folder 3

Lot Clearing (Trial II) [print]

General

Unsigned. Trial proof labeled "II" in red. Mounted in acid-free presentation mat.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 4, folder 2

Lot Clearing (Trial l) [print]

General

Unsigned. Trial proof labeled "I" in red. Removed from acidic mat August 2022.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 1, folder 1

Muir's fish [print]

General

Inscribed in pencil "Paul Landacre for Muir Dawson." Accompanied by index card reading "'Muir's fish' from Agnes Dawson, Dec. 2007."
box MS.2020.009 Bx 6, folder 18

Natural History of Trees of Eastern and Central North America by Donald Culross Peattie: White Elm [scratchboard]

box MS.2020.009 Bx 3, folder 9

Nettie Rothman bookplate [print]

General

Signed. Removed from acidic mat August 2022.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 1, folder 6

Ojala: Cabin and Trees [print] 1942

General

Signed. Removed from acidic mat July 2022.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 1, folder 16

Ojala: Cabins over stream [print]

General

Signed. Removed from acidic mat August 2022.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 1, folder 5

Ojala: Oak Tree (back cover) [print] 1942

General

Stamped. Inscribed at bottom "Ojala, Ojai, Calif. (back cover)." Dealer stamp from Origins of Art to verso. Mounted in acid-free presentation mat
box MS.2020.009 Bx 1, folder 4

Ojala: Rocks & stream, Ojala [print] 1942

General

Signed. Removed from acidic mat July 2022.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 1, folder 18

Pepe by James Hopper: title page and page 5 proofs [print]

General

Stamped, unsigned. Origins of Art dealer stamp to verso.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 1, folder 3

Poinsettias [print]

General

Printed in red. Signed, no edition statement. Later notes in ink at bottom edge; old mounting hinges at top corners.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 2, folder 5

Rima [print]

General

3 copies. Unsigned prints from American Artists Group. Printed labels on versos of original mats read: This print is an original woodcut made by me and printed with my approval and under my direction. It is in ever respect the equivalent in quality of those prints issued by me in limited editions and sold at comparatively high prices. Its low price is made possible by the edition being neither pencil signed nor arbitrarily limited.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 6, folder 20

Road of a Naturalist by Donald Culross Peattie: Frontispiece [print]

General

Unsigned, but with Landacre's inscription of the title at bottom. Stamp from Origins of Art on verso.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 6, folder 19

Sailfish [print]

General

signed
box MS.2020.009 Bx 5, folder 10

Stadium, Berkeley [print]

General

1/60, signed.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 1, folder 15

Trial prints of landscape woodcut [prints]

General

3 prints showing progressive work on woodcut, labeled Trial I, II, and III in Landacre's hand. Removed from acidic mats in July 2022.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 3, folder 6

Tschaikovsky [print]

General

Signed, 17/60. Removed from acidic mat August 2022.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 3, folder 2

Vengeance [print] 1942

General

Unsigned print. Removed from acidic mat August 2022.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 3, folder 4

Verdi [print]

General

Signed, 7/60. Removed from acidic mat August 2022.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 3, folder 10

Wagner [print]

General

Signed, 23/60. Removed from acidic mat August 2022
box MS.2020.009 Bx 6, folder 3

Ward Ritchie device [print]

General

2 copies. 1 initialed PL and labeled "Trial Proof," the other unsigned.
 

Published Work Series 2

Scope and Contents

This series consists of published works that include illustrations or other artwork by Paul Landacre, published during his lifetime.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 5, folder 9

El Dorado, land of gold : a series of pictorial interpretations of the history of California, with accompanying rhythmic story by students of Otis art institute 1928

box MS.2020.009 Bx 5, folder 4

Foster, Stephen Clark, "Los Angeles on the Eve of the Gold Rush, Part II," Touring Topics 1929 August

General

Block print illustration by Paul Landacre. In Touring Topics. Vol. 21, no. 8, August 1929: pages 26-31. Entire magazine
box MS.2020.009 Bx 1, folder 22

KECA Concert Program with Franck illustration 1936 March

General

From Patricia Ingram Adler collection.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 5, folder 2

Landacre, Margaret McCreery, "We Had a Lovely Ride," Touring Topics 1928 August

General

Block print illustrations by Paul Landacre. In Touring Topics. Vol. 20, no. 8. August 1928: pages 32-33, 48. Entire magazine
box MS.2020.009 Bx 6, folder 11

Ojala pamphlet

box MS.2020.009 Bx 6, folder 9

Paralellogram, The Amphisbaena, The Crocodile by A.E. Housman 1941

General

Printed booklet from Grant Dahlstrom's Breakfast Press with wood-engraving by Landacre.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 6, folder 8

Paul Landacre Association pamphlet with Anna print on cover about 1938

box MS.2020.009 Bx 1, folder 17

Pepe by James Hopper

General

Booklet.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 6, folder 2

San Diego Art Institute, 20th century Realists exhibition program 1961

box MS.2020.009 Bx 5, folder 1

Westways: Steller's Jay cover by Landacre 1939 August

General

Entire magazine. From Patricia Adler Ingram collection.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 6, folder 16

When Are You Going to Laugh, America by Howard Ickes

General

Printed booklet from Grant Dahlstrom's Breakfast Press with wood-engraving by Landacre.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 5, folder 3

Zeitlin, Jake, "Bundle-stiff's Dream," Touring Topics 1929 February

General

Block print illustration by Paul Landacre. In Touring Topics. Vol. 21, no. 2, February 1929: page 11. Entire magazine
 

Research Files, Realia, and Posthumous Publications Series 3

Scope and Contents

This series consists of post-1963 articles and exhibition catalogs about Landacre and his work, research files compiled by collector Patricia Adler Ingram, photographs of Landacre, and realia, such as prize ribbons awarded to him for his work.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 1, folder 13

"Paul Hambleton Landacre: Wood Engraving Artist" by Audrey Spencer Arellanes, American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers, 1979 Year Book 1979

box MS.2020.009 Bx 4, folder 6

"Paul Landacre Wood Engraver" photograph by Lou Jacobs, Jr.

General

Photograph mounted on acidic board, trimmed on three sides. Photograph of Landacre at work.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 4, folder 4

"The hands of Paul Landacre wood engraver," photograph by Lou Jacobs, Jr.

General

Photograph mounted on acidic board, trimmed on three sides. Close-up of Landacre's hand working on a block.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 6, folder 14

4 photographs of Paul Landacre by Sueo Serisawa about 1948

General

4 photographic prints with envelope from Sunset Photo Lab.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 6, folder 13

A Note on the Foster Washington Hand Press that once belonged to the Artist-Wood Engraver Paul Landacre

General

Keepsake printed at the International Printing Museum for members of the American Printing History Association.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 1, folder 11

Correspondence between Delmer L. Daves and Glen Dawson 1977 March

box MS.2020.009 Bx 1, folder 12

George Houle Catalogue 39: Fine Printing 1987

General

Lists several Landacre-related books for sale.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 1, folder 26

Great Composers from 12 Wood Engravings 1979

General

Printed by Invierno Press and signed by Ritchie, Lynton Kistler, and Carl Haverlin. With bookseller description from Dailey Rare Books.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 6, folder 15

Los Angeles County Fair ribbons awarded for "Yesterday" and "A Woman" 1937-1940

box MS.2020.009 Bx 1, folder 20

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Member Calendar: "Paul Landacre, Prints and Drawings" 1983 August

General

Article about exhibition. From Patricia Ingram Adler collection.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 1, folder 9-10

Patricia Adler Ingram research files on Paul Landacre 1964-1969

General

Correspondence between Adler Ingram and others, in addition to clippings and other ephemera gathered in the course of her research on Landacre.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 1, folder 25

Ritchie, Ward, "Landacre" 1981

General

Printed by Invierno Press and signed by Ritchie, Lynton Kistler, and Carl Haverlin. From Patricia Ingram Adler collection.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 1, folder 23

Sundays at Four: program calendar with Landacre Mozart engraving on cover 1991

General

From Patricia Ingram Adler collection.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 1, folder 24

UCLA Librarian, "Ward Ritchie's 75th" with Landacre engraving of Ritchie device 1980 May

General

From Patricia Ingram Adler collection.
box MS.2020.009 Bx 1, folder 21

Zeitlin & Ver Brugge, "Paul Landacre: Wood-Engravings" about 1963

General

3 copies. Exhibition announcement