Description[Edgar Rice Burroughs] John Coleman Burroughs Archive of original drawings and notes. John "Jack" Coleman Burroughs was the youngest child of writer Edgar Rice Burroughs. Influenced by his father's work, John became an artist in his own right and ultimately became the sole illustrator if his father's novels.
Original artwork includes a 12" x 9" print depicting an amusing black and white scene of two men attempting to move a burdened donkey. Signed "John Coleman Burroughs" in the lower right. Age toned with evidence of being once matted. Four loose pages from a Li-Rite drawing tablet, 12" x 9" contain creature sketches and prints. The pages are darkly toned but the images are clear. A small, abstract oil painting, 5.25" x 6.5", of what appears to be an Indian chief, the year is unknown. The brushstrokes are vibrant and heavy. Although he lived on the West Coast and abstract expressionism was more common on the East Coast, John would have been familiar with art movements as a student and a teacher,
Also included in the collection are dust jacket covers from ERB books: Synthetic Men of Mars (19.5" x 7.75), Back to the Stone Age (2 copies both 22" x 8.75"), and The Deputy Sheriff of Comanche County (20" x 7.75"), all slightly age toned with smoothed creases. One of the Stone Age jackets has a large, orange paint smear in the lower right corner and some tears on smooth creases. An oversized sheet, 19" x 12", of western scenes, likely a sample printing for an ERB story. Smoothed creases and light stain in the center. Small tears from wear around the edges.
Two portraits, the most realistic in the images in the archive, depict faces of young children. One is a lithograph, 16" x 11.5" initialed "JCB" and numbered 7/30. The second, 6.75" x 10" is glossy print. "Burroughs" is very faded in the lower right. Both images are in excellent condition. An envelope, 10.25" x 4.5", with John's signature gives instructions for the now absent negatives contained within. Age toned with a vertical crease from folding. An 8" x 10" glossy, black and white photo of John as Tarzan, in good condition with minor creases.
A "List of Suggested Art Materials for Starting Art Class of John Coleman Burroughs" is present as well. 2 sheets, 8.5" x 11" with text only on rectos. Age toned with smoothed creases. A dark stain in the top center of page 3. Heritage is happy to inform the reader that the last item on the list, number 20, instructs the student to bring "Plenty of enthusiasm!" Overall condition is very good to near fine, with many attractive and highly displayable pieces. An excellent companion piece to the preceding lot in this auction.
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