Two bound artist sketchbooks with various sketches and finished works depicting Taos Indian subjects, Taos Chapel, Taos landscapes, European studies and many figural works, most works in charcoal and graphite and some heightened with colored pencil, at least 50 studies per book; together with the artist's Pomona College scrapbook containing many photographs of the artist with friends and family, notes from friends and suitors, fliers and cards from various college events, circa 1916-18, 3 books, est: $500/700
Note: Anna Katharine Skeele's sketchbooks and college scrapbook offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the artist's life and artistic process in detail. Skeele's time at Pomona College in the late teens is presented through interesting and amusing entries in her scrapbook. Photographs of Skeele dressed as a buccaneer for Halloween and many party invitations from both friends and suitors paint a colorful and fun loving life as a college student. The sketchbooks are full of detailed studies and finished scenes, many focused on Taos Indian ceremonies and landscapes. An extended 1949 trip to Europe is also documented beginning with scenes from the ship (including a study of an inebriated passenger asleep on a deck chair) and continuing through Scandinavia and down to Toledo, Spain. At least two Taos scenes in the books are studies for works sold through auction in recent years as well as a number of figure studies relating to 'Child of Taos'. Provenance: Estate of Paul and Katharine Coze, Phoenix, AZ; Private Collection, Phoenix, AZ, acquired from the above
Sketchbooks in as-is condition. Paper toned and with some soiling and tears. Some loose pages tucked in. Canvas book covers soiled and with edge wear. The scrapbook with string binding, many pages ripped from binding. Various clippings and photographs loose because glue is dried. Various soiling, folded paper. We recommend viewing first-hand.