Photographs and letters relating to Mark Tobey murals

Collection ID:
Straight, Michael Whitney
[ca. 1933]-1988
Physical Description:
11 Items
(on a partial microfilm reel)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Nine photographs (ca. 1933) of murals of dancers by Mark Tobey at the Dartington Hall dance center in Devonshire, England; 1988 letters from Mary Bride Nicholson, the archivist at Dartington Hall, and donor Michael Straight discussing the mural; and photographs of Mark Tobey and dancer Paula Morel.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The donor, Michael Straight, grew up at Dartington Hall, Devonshire, England, an experimental community founded by his mother, Dorothy Whitney Straight and her second husband Leonard K. Elmhirst. The community included a progressive coeducational boarding school and a cluster of art centers. In the early 1930s, Straight's sister, Beatrice, returned from the Cornish School in Seattle, where she had studied drama, with Mark Tobey. He became an artist-in-residence and, around 1933, was commissioned to paint a series of murals in the Dartington dance center. In the following decade, the murals were damaged beyond repair and the walls were painted over.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 4283 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Reproduction Note
Letters are photocopies.
Existence and Location of Originals
Letters: Originals in the AAA collection file.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The donor, Michael Straight, found the photographs in the Dartington Hall archives.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Mural painting and decoration, British Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Muralists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Morel, Paula Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tobey, Mark Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dartington Hall (Totnes, England) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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