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COLLECTION — Volume: 1 Identifier: MS Thr 1803

Abraham Walkowitz drawings of Isadora Duncan

Scope and Contents

Seven ink and watercolor drawings of Duncan dancing, signed by the artist.


  • 1906-1927

Language of Materials

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.04 linear feet (1 folder)

Biographical / Historical

Abraham Walkowitz was born in Siberia to Jewish parents; he was an American painter associated with early American Modernists. Walkowitz sketched Isadora Duncan thousands of times from the time he met her in 1906 until her death in 1927.

Isadora Duncan was an American dancer, born in California but residing in Europe and the Soviet Union from age 22 until her death. Her dance philosophy turned away from rigid ballet technique and towards what she perceived as natural movement.


Arranged in order as received.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2018MT-131. Purchased with funds from the Howard D. Rothschild Bequest, 2018.

2019MT-131. Purchased with funds from the Howard D. Rothschild Bequest, 2019.

Processing Information

Processed by Melanie Wisner, finding aid by Adrien Hilton, 2019

Walkowitz, Abraham, 1880-1965. Abraham Walkowitz drawings of Isadora Duncan, 1906-1927 (MS Thr 1803): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
July 17 2019
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