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Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton drawing

Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton drawing
Creator: Layton, Elizabeth
Date: 1985
This colored pencil drawing was executed by Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Kansas. Layton, from Wellsville, Kansas, began drawing at age 68 and received national attention for her work. This painting depicts Layton and her husband, Glenn. Don Lambert, an Ottawa journalist who discovered Layton in 1977, donated the drawing.


John Steuart Curry sketch

John Steuart Curry sketch
Creator: Curry, John Steuart
Date: between 1937 and 1942
In the late 1930s, artist and Kansas native John Steuart Curry produced this preliminary sketch for the mural, "Tragic Prelude," housed at the Kansas Statehouse. The sketch references John Brown and the struggle against slavery during the Territorial Period. Curry completed the mural in 1942, but due to Kansans' critical reaction he refused to complete the project. In 1993, The Wunderlich Mongerson, a Chicago-based art gallery, collaborated with Curry's widow to donate this sketch.


John Steuart Curry sketch

John Steuart Curry sketch
Creator: Curry, John Steuart
Date: between 1937 and 1942
In the late 1930s artist and Kansas native John Steuart Curry produced this preliminary sketch of conquistadors for the mural Tragic Prelude housed at the Kansas statehouse. The sketch references the 1541 Spanish expedition through Kansas led by Francisco Coronado. Curry completed the mural in 1942, but due to Kansans' critical reaction he refused to complete the project. In 1993, The Wunderlich Mongerson, a Chicago-based art gallery, collaborated with Curry's widow to donate this sketch.


Meditation

Meditation
Creator: Herschel C. Logan
Date: 1927
A black ink on rice paper woodcut of a scene of a nude woman seated in front of a vase, by Herschel Logan. Logan, one of the Prairie Printmakers, executed this work in 1927, but said it was "only a study." Logan was born April 19, 1901 in magnolia, Missouri, and the family moved to Winfield, Kansas, shortly afterwards. He attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, and worked as an advertising artist in Salina until his retirement in 1968. He moved to Santa Ana, California, where he died on December 8, 1987.


The Spirit of Kansas

The Spirit of Kansas
Creator: Weston, Mary Pillsbury
Date: 1891
Mary Pillsbury Weston, a professional artist and a resident of Lawrence, Kansas, created the work especially for display at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.


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