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    American Artist Eric Pape's Own Notes and Autograph Material About the Medieval Pageant He Staged in Honor of Mrs. Edwin Austin Abbey, Widow of the Famous American Artist

    Eric Pape. Archive of Material Related to a Medieval Pageant He Staged in Honor of the Late Edwin Austin Abbey on February 18, 1929. Including: Pape's directing plan as written by him on the plan of the Ball Room and Foyer of the Park Lane Hotel. Approximately 10 x 20 inches. In colored pencils with extensive autograph notes. [And:] Printed program of the dinner (as given by The Society of Illustrators, in Honor of Mrs. Edwin Austin Abbey. Three octavo pages on one quarto leaf. Approximately 9 x 12 inches. With Pape's notes in orange pencil. [And:] An Original Photograph of Mrs. Edwin Austin Abbey and Charles Dana Gibson. Approximately 7 x 4.25 inches. With the accompanying blurb from the Associated Press describing the subjects as well as the event. [And:] Two Original Photographs of Women in Medieval Costumes (presumably used as guides for the costume designs for the pageant). Photos approximately 7 x 4 inches. [And:] A Photograph of Eric Pape and a Woman (presumably his wife, Alice) in Medieval Costume. Approximately 8.5 x 4.75 inches. [And:] Typed Poem Signed by Padraic Colum, Written Especially for This Event. With Colum's pencil notes about its conception by Alice Pape. Approximately 9 x 7 inches. [And:] Six Various Autograph or Typed Letters Signed About the Event. Some are congratulatory after the event, some have to do with the planning and execution of the event. Signed by various people (including Mrs. Edwin Austin Abbey, Royal Cortissoz, Margaret Anglin, and Joseph H. Chaplin). With various newspaper clippings. All of these items are inserted into a copy of: E. V. Lucas. Edwin Austin Abbey Royal Academician. Volume I. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1921. First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by Mrs. Edwin Austin Abbey to Frank Pape. Quarto. [268] pages. With many inserted plates. Publisher's linen backed boards, printed paper label on spine. Binding worn, hinges cracking, a few loose blanks (with much archive material affixed). [With:] [Edwin Austin Abbey, subject]. A Catalogue of a Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Edwin Austin Abbey. New York: American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1928. With a signed inscription by Eric Pape about the exhibition.

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    Pape's pageant, entitled "Visions" was medieval in theme and was based on Edwin Austen Abbey's work (as written by Mrs. Abbey in her presentation to Pape: "... It was inspired by the characters in my husband's illustrations and paintings now on exhibition at the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was presented at the dinner given on February eighteenth, 1929, by the Society of Illustrators at the Park Lane.") If the number of congratulatory letters and laudatory newspaper clippings are any kind of guide, the event was an enormous success. Pape was known as the "Master of the Pageant," and this event seems to bear that moniker out.

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