Walker Hancock papers

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.hancwalk
Creators:
Hancock, Walker Kirtland, 1901-1998
Dates:
1911-1995
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
21.1 Linear feet
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Correspondence with artists including Cecilia Beaux, Timothy Crouse, Carl Paul Jennewein, Henry Kreis, Paul Manship, Booth Tarkington, William Zorach, and others; project and commission files including the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial in Georgia among others; committee files; personal business records; writings; sketches; photographs and negatives of Hancock, works of art, and political figures taken in preparation of portrait busts; printed material; and an interview transcript relating to Hancock's career as a sculptor.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Walker Hancock (1901-1998) was a sculptor from Gloucester, Massachusetts. Hancock was born in 1901 in St. Louis, Missouri. He studied at Washington University for one year before moving on to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he studied under Charles Grafly. He taught at PAFA from 1929 to 1967. During his career, he produced hundreds of realistic works, ranging from a 39 foot bronze angel in the 30th St. Station in Philadelphia, to a bust of former President Geroge H.W. Bush in the Capitol, to a monumental statue of James Madison in the Library of Congress, to a Christ figure in the central altar in the National Cathedral in Washington. Hancock first visited Gloucester in 1921, built a studio there, and later moved there permanently. He died at home at age 97.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels 3946, 1718-1726, 1818 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1974-1996 by Walker Hancock and in 2017 by Deane French Hancock, Hancock's daughter and executor.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Interviews Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculptors -- Massachusetts -- Gloucester Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Beaux, Cecilia, 1855-1942 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Crouse, Timothy Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jennewein, Carl Paul, 1890- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kreis, Henry, 1899-1963 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Manship, Paul, 1885-1966 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tarkington, Booth, 1869-1946 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Zorach, William, 1887-1966 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stone Mountain Confederate Monumental Association Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stone Mountain Memorial (Ga.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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