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Notebook No. 6

Notebook is bound in black speckled paper- covered boards with cloth backstrip, worn and largely disbound. Addresses on the front free endpaper include that of Albert Barnes. Pages are unlined. A number of rough pencil sketches, most of a cubist nature, are included, and summaries include The aesthetic attitude by Langfeld; the Picabia issue of The little review (Spring 1922); Projective ornament by Claude Bragdon; On a composition by Gauguin by Roger Fry; Dynamic symmetry in composition as used by the artist by Jay Hambidge, etc. Four oiled tracing paper sheets with notes and drawings have been loosely inserted.

Notebook No. 4

Notebook covered in blue cloth with a dark red backstrip The stitching is intact and the sheets are unlined. Contains 6 pages of designs on oiled tracing paper tipped into the book. Drawings accompany a summary of E.A. Batchelder’s The principles of design and A.H. Munsell’s A colour notation. Also included are summaries of Denman’s Ross’ writings, two books on Japan, and reviews of several novels, including Roderick Hudson by Henry James. Much of the book has been written back-to-front.

Notebook No. 5

Notebook is bound in worn limp red leather and contains lined pages. Many of the entries are dated. Contains summaries of books on aesthetics, with occasional quick pencil sketches. Books read include Burnett on painting; Design, the making of patterns; Paul Cezanne his life and art by Vollard; The painter’s palette by Denman Ross; Clive Bell’s Art; Sir Joshua Reynold’s Discourses with Roger Fry’s introduction, and entries on ‘negro art’, theosophy and a number of artists including Brancusi, Seurat and others. Two leaves have been fully removed and one sheet has been partially removed.

Notebook No. 7

Notebook is bound in black speckled paper covered boards with cloth backstrip. A number of notes and printed articles are loosely inserted. The pages are unlined and stitching is loose. Two full-page pencil drawings of a domestic scene and 3 full-page charcoal drawings are included within the book. Inserted items include an article on Georges Seurat by Walter Pach, articles on health and digestion, a list of lectures and demonstrations, brochure for a free concert at the Met. This notebook contains a combination of essay-style reviews and short notes, perhaps from lectures. There are reviews of Modern French painters by Jan Gordon, A primer of modern art by Sheldon Cheney, The science of eating by Alfred W. McCann, and Cezanne by Tristas L. Klingson.

Notebook 9

Notebook is bound in grey marbled paper covered boards with black cloth backstrip and attached label with hand-written notation:’ Kathleen J. Munn/Art Students League/57 St./ near B.W.’ The binding is shaken but intact and the sheets are unlined. A number of books are listed and the latest publication date found is 1917 (Joseph Conrad’s The shadow line). The notebook appears to consist mainly of anatomical studies and lecture notes, with 3 leaves removed and 2 partially removed. Rough sketches accompany the notes. The notebook is likely for the academic year 1918-1919

Drawings for "The Passion"

Series contains preparatory pencil drawings for ‘The Passion’ series. Munn commonly used both sides of her sheets of paper and the numbers given are for the number of pages. Some contain a brief notation or number. She apparently combined and rearranged the small drawings; some are pasted composites, and others contain pin-holes. Most sheets contain a single figure with variations in stance, usually involving points or dots, suggesting that she was using an angle to work out geometrical structure. The sheer quantity indicates the extraordinary effort involved in the creation of her final drawings. Series also contains 1 ink and brush drawing, and one charcoal drawing. None are dated.

Munn, Kathleen Jean, 1887-1974

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