Articles By: Rebecca Fenning Marschall

Item of the Week: Towser's Kennel

Published: May 13, 2011

We’ve posted examples of Paul Landacre’s fine art prints and illustrations on the Clog before, but today we choose to highlight a piece he created for a more commercial illustration assignment, one of many such works in our Landacre archive here at the Clark.  Indeed, many of our fine press archives contain a large measure…

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Irish Aestheticism conference!

Published: May 12, 2011

Cultures of Aestheticism—Before and After Oscar Wilde, Part 3: Irish Aestheticism  A conference at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library Directed by Clark Professor Joseph Bristow (UCLA) Friday June 10, 10:00 a.m. & Saturday June 11, 10:00 a.m. Cultures of Aestheticism will feature a series of conferences that cover a fairly broad historical span, starting with the…

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Item of the Week: Numismatics, Birds and Bulls

Published: May 4, 2011

Last week, the Clark Library welcomed our intrepid volunteer Marvin Lessen and his friend George Kolbe, a numismatist and Bible enthusiast, for a morning tour. They were here to view the current exhibition, Bible. English. Authorized: Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible. As a very generous thank-you gift, Mr. Kolbe donated a…

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Item of the Week: Salammbô by Schmied

Published: April 28, 2011

When Ward Ritchie died in 1996, he bequeathed his personal library to the Clark. Amongst its many treasures was a collection of works by François-Louis Schmied, a Parisian book artist and printmaker with whom Ritchie studied during the 1930’s. Schmied’s mastery of the xylographic process, his use of color, and his sense of pattern and…

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Don't forget the King James Bible!

Published: April 13, 2011

This Friday, April 15th, 4-7  pm… Bible. English. Authorized: Celebrating 400 Years  of the King James Bible (at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library) Please join us as we commemorate one of the most important publishing ventures in the western world. King James the First was nothing if not determined. When he ascended the English throne…

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Item of the Week: Vyvyan's Arctic Sojourn

Published: March 15, 2011

In 1937, Oscar Wilde’s son Vyvyan Holland joined friend Richmond Temple, the manager of London’s Savoy Hotel, on a tour of Copenhagen, Helsinki and Arctic Finland.  He recorded their journey amongst the business and cultural elites of these places in a journal that the Clark was recently lucky enough to purchase. Typed (with some hand-written…

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Item of the Week: The Popish Plot at the Clark

Published: March 9, 2011

From Library Assistant Lauren Zuchowski Titus Oates was a clergyman with a knack for perjury and by the end of his life was known as a shame to mankind. Oates, the man behind the Popish Plot, was responsible for creating anti-Catholic hysteria in London from 1678-1681.  During this period fifteen innocent men were executed and…

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W.A. Clark Lecture on Oscar Wilde

Published: March 8, 2011

The William Andrews Clark Lecture on Oscar Wilde “Green Carnations: Wilde, Culture, and Crime” given by John Wilson Foster at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library Saturday April 2,  3:00 p.m. Oscar Wilde’s fiction and criticism are laced with poison, both as theme and motif, both “real” and vicarious. Before his incarceration for criminal wrongdoing,…

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A reminder about the Enso Quartet, from Curating LA

Published: February 25, 2011

Our friend Jim Gilbert from Curating L.A. has posted a lovely article promoting the Enso Quartet’s upcoming April 17th performance at the Clark Library!  Information on how to join the lottery for this performance is at Curating L.A. and on the website of the Center for 17th- and 18th-century Studies.

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Item of the Week: Wilde and the "Great Cause of Art Education"

Published: February 23, 2011

The Clark recently acquired a letter to Oscar Wilde from Charles Godfrey Leland, American author, arts educator and folklorist, written during Wilde’s North American tour in 1882.  Leland (1824-1903), the founder of the Public Industrial Art School of Philadelphia, was writing to Wilde to thank him for discussing the school during a recent lecture, in which…

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