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33.18 linear feet (22 folio boxes + 2 oversize folio boxes)
In 1909, upon being named director and starting the lectureship that accompanied the position, Forbes began to develop his signature course, Methods and Processes of Painting. It was a half-year course that included drawing and hands-on painting techniques such as egg tempera mixing and fresco painting, the term assignment that lent it its nickname the “Egg and Plaster Course.” Forbes was not a trained lecturer, and the evolution of the course’s name in reflects his constant efforts to improve. The graduate-level course was originally titled Fine Arts 20b: Florentine Painting in the Fifteenth Century, circa 1909-1913. The course evolved into the mixed undergraduate and graduate course Fine Arts 5g: Methods and Processes of Italian Painting in 1914 and kept this name until the 1924-25 academic year. In its final iteration, the course was called Fine Arts 15b: Methods and Processes of Painting through 1934, and was primarily for graduate-level students.
Longtime faculty member, and later director of the Fogg Museum, Arthur Pope taught an array of graduate- and undergraduate-level courses into the 1940s. The classes represented in this collection are the undergraduate courses Fine Arts 1a: Principles of Drawing and Painting and Theory of Design, Fine Arts 2c: Drawing and Painting; Design and Representation, Fine Arts 2d: Drawing and Painting, Fine Arts 8a: Theory of Design, and Fine Arts 8d: Theory of Design (advanced course), and the graduate course Fine Arts II: General Theory of Representation and Design.
Denman W. Ross was a student of Norton who went on to become an influential art historian, collector, and painter in his own right. As a faculty member in the Harvard School of Architecture, his design courses in the Division of Fine Arts greatly enriched the department. The courses were originally listed in the 1908-09 Harvard University course catalog as Architecture 7: On Designing as Applied in the Arts, and described as “lectures, with exercises in Designing.” In 1909 and until 1935, Ross was appointed to the Division of Fine Arts. He taught the mixed undergraduate/graduate course Fine Arts 8b: On Drawing and Painting: Theory and Practice in 1912 and 1915, but was primarily focused on graduate-level students, teaching Fine Arts 20c: Advanced Practice in Drawing and Painting from 1911 to 1933 and instructing students in advanced study.
Series and Subseries in the Collection
- Series I. Arthur Pope’s teaching materials and student works, 1910-1948, undated
- ___Subseries A: Teaching materials from Fine Arts 1a and Fine Arts 11, 1948, undated
- ___Subseries B: Student works from Fine Arts 1a and Fine Arts 11, 1910-1946, undated
- ___Subseries C: Teaching materials from Fine Arts 2c, 1923-1936, undated
- ___Subseries D: Student works from Fine Arts 2c, 1911-1933, undated
- ___Subseries E: Student works from Fine Arts 2a and 2b, 1909-1942, undated
- ___Subseries F: Student works from Fine Arts 2d, 1918-1928, undated
- ___Subseries G: Student works from Fine Arts 8a and 8b, 1899-1944, undated
- ___Subseries H: Student works from Fine Arts 20 and courses of special study, 1932-1933, undated
- Series II. Denman W. Ross’s teaching materials from Fine Arts 8b and Fine Arts 2c, 1899-1930, undated
- Series III. Edward W. Forbes’s student works, 1910-1927, undated
- Series IV. Student works from various courses, 1940-1948, undated
- Series V: Collected student works from courses taught by Arthur Pope, 1916-1942, undated
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Box and Folder Locations
- Box 1: 1-7
- Box 2: 8-12
- Box 3: 13-16
- Box 4: 17-20
- Box 5: 21-25
- Box 6: 26-35
- Box 7: 36-39
- Box 8: 40-48
- Box 9: 49-53
- Box 10: 54
- Box 11: 55
- Box 12: 56
- Box 13: 57-59
- Box 14: 60-67
- Box 15: 68-71
- Box 16: 72-76
- Box 17: 77-80
- Box 18: 81-89
- Oversize box 19: 90
- Box 20: 91
- Box 21: 92
- Oversize box 22: 93-99
- Box 23: 100-104
- Box 24: 105-108
- Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965.
- Forbes, Edward Waldo, 1873-1969.
- Pope, Arthur, 1880-1974.
- Ross, Denman Waldo, 1853-1935.
- Schroeder, Eric, 1904-.
- Fogg Art Museum.
- Harvard Art Museums.
- Harvard University. Art Museums
- Harvard University. Department of Fine Arts.
- Art--History--Study and teaching.
- Art--Study and teaching--History--20th century.
- Art historians--United States.
- Art in education.
- Art in education--Massachusetts--Cambridge.
- Harvard University--Faculty.
- Harvard University--History--20th century.
- Harvard University--Students.
- student drawings
- Student Works Collection (HC 25), 1899-1948: A Guide
- Harvard Art Museums Archives
- EAD ID
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