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[Pictorial material from the Judith Chamberlain and Rowena Meeks Abdy collection].
BANC PIC 2018.092--PIC PIC box 1; BANC PIC 2018.092--B B box 1; BANC PIC 2018.092--fALB vol. 1; BANC PIC 2018.092--fALB vol. 2; ...
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[Pictorial material from the Judith Chamberlain and Rowena Meeks Abdy collection]


Chamberlain, Judith, 1893-1965, creator, artist.


Abdy, Rowena Meeks, 1887-, artist.


Van Leyden, Ernst, ǂd 1892-1969, artist.


Stackpole, Ralph, 1885-1973, artist.


Fuchs, Emil, 1866-1929, artist.


Armer, Ruth, 1896-1977, artist.


Peters, Charles Rollo, artist.


Archive of photographs, postcards and original artworks pertaining to San Francisco-based artists Judith Chamberlain and her close friend Rowena Weeks Abdy. Includes drawings, prints and paintings by Chamberlain, Abdy and other artists, including Ralph Ward Stackpole, Emil Fuchs, Rita Boemm, Charles Roll Peters, Demetrios Galanis, Ruth Armer, Tivadar Fehér, and others. Also includes many photographs of original artworks by Ernst Leyden, one of Chamberlain's teachers. Also includes a 1923 photograph album compiled by Chamberlain documenting her travels in Europe while an art student at Leyden's studio Di Hooge Wilgen; a scrapbook of photographs, clippings and original drawings by Abdy, including scenes of destruction in San Francisco following the 1906 earthquake and fire; and an album of illustrated postcards, primarily depicting locations in the San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere in California, many of them containing correspondence between Chamberlain and Abdy and other family and friends sent between 1905 and 1910. Also includes a clipping of an article by Frederick O. Chamberlain on the history of the San Francisco Stock Exchange Board ca. 1906, and tear sheets pertaining to prominent historical figures.


1905 (issued)


Chamberlain, Judith -- 1893-1965 -- Archives
Chamberlain, Judith -- 1893-1965 -- Correspondence
Abdy, Rowena Meeks -- 1887- -- Correspondence
San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 1906 -- Pictorial works
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
California -- Pictorial works
Europe -- Photographs
California -- San Francisco


Title devised by cataloger.
Collected by Judith Chamberlain.
Format extent summary: approximately 325 photographs, 400 postcards and 75 pieces of fine art.
Pictorial material from the Judith Chamberlain and Rowena Meeks Abdy collection, BANC PIC 2018.092, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Purchase ; from Between the Covers Rare Books ; 2018.
Judith Chamberlain (February 28, 1893, died September 18, 1965) was born Judith Rosenfeld in Portland, Oregon. She assumed the surname of her presumed biological father, Frederick O. Chamberlain, a prominent medical doctor and broker in San Francisco, California. Chamberlain was a student of Max Weber and Ernst Leyden. She specialized in still lifes and landscapes, and exhibited at San Francisco Art Association (1918-1920) and the Salon des Indépendents in Paris (1923). Judith's lifelong bond to fellow artist Rowena Meeks Abdy was established through Frederick Chamberlain, who first married Rowena Abdy's widowed mother, Anna Fischer, who died in 1898, and then Judith's widowed mother, Helene Levy, in 1903.
Rowena Fischer Meeks Abdy (born April 24, 1887 in Vienna, Austria ; died August 18, 1945 in San Francisco, California) was an American modernist painter. She studied at the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art, specialized in landscapes, and worked in Northern California.
Transferred from the Judith Chamberlain and Rowena Meeks Abdy collection (BANC MSS 2018/198).


Photograph albums.
Scrapbooks-California-San Francisco.
Pictorial works.

Physical Description:

approximately 800 items in 2 boxes, 2 albums and 11 folders : photographic prints, drawings, prints, paintings and postcards ; various sizes




BANC PIC 2018.092--PIC PIC box 1
BANC PIC 2018.092--B B box 1
BANC PIC 2018.092--fALB vol. 1
BANC PIC 2018.092--fALB vol. 2
BANC PIC 2018.092--AX
BANC PIC 2018.092