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Lynd Ward: Collection Of Unidentified Blocks

Rutgers University Libraries possesses a collection of miscellaneous blocks bearing Ward drawings and engravings. The first part of the collection, described separately, was donated by Ward's daughters, Robin Ward Savage and Nanda Ward Savage. The second was donated by Tricia DePol from the estate of John DePol, an American twentieth century wood engraver. The blocks range in size and degree of completion. The following list provides a rough description of the contents of this collection.


Inventory

Listed by block number.

  1. 18th century men overlooking town. 6 1/4" X 4"
  1. Laughing face in stars [fragment]. 2" X 2 1/2"
  1. "LYND WARD" [unfinished]. 3 3/4" X 3 3/4"
  1. Sailing ship, radiant sun [fragment]. 2" X 4"
  1. Rowboat near shore. 2 7/8" X 2 2/1"
  1. Town crier with horn and lantern, stars. 3 1/2" X 2 1/4"
  1. Young man blowing horn, two boys pulling sled. 3 1/4" X 2"
  1. Two men, possibly fighting, in 18th or 19th century costume. 6 1/2" X 4"
  1. Same man as above, crouching down with tree and sun, marked "11". 2" X 4"
  1. Young man, cityscape in background, from cover of Gods' Man (Cape & Smith, 1929). 3" X 2 1/4"
  1. Forlorn woman under frightening tree [unfinished]. 5 1/2" X 3 1/2"
  1. Farmhouse, same tree as above. 5 1/2" x 3 1/2"
  1. Close up of three men, one with gun and flower [fragment -- top missing?]. 3 1/2" X 4 1/2"
  1. Man watching woman in graveyard dropping flowers on a grave, marked "6". 5" X 4 1/2"
  1. Unfinished block with drawing in ink and small engraved face. 3 1/2" X 3 1/2"
  1. Man with shadow, house tops and vertical pole. 3" X3 1/4"
  1. Round "Society of Illustrators" logo with buffalo. 2 3/8" X 2 3/8"
  1. Man with axe, woman with bucket among trees, marked "12". 1 7/8" X 4"
  1. Tree in city. 4" X 2 1/2"
  1. Top of Statue of Liberty, with torch [fragment]. 2 1/8" X 6"
  1. Strike, man in hat passing fire hydrant, marked "16". 5" X 3 1/4"
  1. Bald boss holding sign reading "For sale, a billion bushels", with dejected worker. 9" X 6"
  1. Hand in fire, marked "P". 1 7/8" X 4"
  1. Clouds over house, marked "Preface". 3" X 1 3/4"
  1. Man consoling woman in town [unfinished]. 5 1/2" X 3 1/2"
  1. Eagle, cupid, planes and missiles. 2 1/4" X 5"
  1. Man kissing woman, rooster, marked "102". 3" X 3"
  1. Men in lacy blouses, one with liquor bottle, marked "21". 2" X 4"
  1. Ball with starry details [unfinished]. 4" X 4"
  1. Hands clasped in prayer, star above. 4" X 2 1/2"
  1. Fragment, broken. 2 1/2" X 1"
  1. Male head with devil whispering into ear. Find and measure
  1. Halftone screen of old man on shoulders of another man, walking through flames. 1 1/8" X 2 7/8"


Inventory

Finished blocks

  1. Man in 18th century cloak and hat overlooking Russian Orthodox churches (completed for unidentified wordless novel): Watson - Guptill Publications, Inc. on back: 4" X 2"
  1. Man (Bellerophon?) seated on winged horse amid stars (completed, marked "Addiss, 1949, Pegasus" in green ink on back): 4.2" X 2.2"
  1. Monster crushing man, block for Frankenstein (1934), Watson - Guptill Publications, Inc. on back: 6.8" x 4.2"

Unfinished blocks

  1. Pencil sketch on block, with "Lynd Ward" in ink on surface; "By Lynd Ward" on back: 4.10" x 3.15"
  1. India ink drawing. Soothsayer with crystal ball, with radiant lines; "Lynd Ward" on back of block: 5.10" x 3.9"
  1. Pencil sketch with India ink of man in hat below radiant lines; "Lynd Ward" on back of block. 6.1" X 4.1"
  1. India ink drawing on block: Hand, falling figure, beast (casting down of Satan?), "Lynd Ward" on back of block. 5.10" X 3.8"
  1. India ink drawing on block: Squadron of planes led by (becoming?) large birds of prey dropping bombs: "Lynd Ward" on back of block. 5.6" X 3.6"
  1. Pencil sketch on block: man holding large flag pole, with dog; "Lynd Ward" on back of block: 6.1" X 4"
  1. India ink with China white, lightly engraved on block: Man creeping through wood with hour glass, following dove; "Lynd Ward" on back of block: 6.11" X 4"
  1. Pencil sketch on block: Boy from behind; "Drawing preparatory to making a wood engraving by Lynd Ward, N.A. Given to me by Lyn d May 26, 1979, John DePol N.A." on back of block: 6.1" X 4"

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