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Guide to the Margery S. Knight sketchbooks, circa 1951-1980, undated

Collection Overview

Kellen Design Archives
Creator - Artist
Knight, Margery S., 1906-1994
Margery S. Knight sketchbooks, circa 1951-1980
0.8 linear ft: 12 sketchbooks
Margery Knight (1906-1994) taught figure drawing and fashion illustration at Parsons School of Design from 1946 to 1969. The twelve sketchbooks in this collection, dating from the 1950s to 1980, contain rapid figure and fashion sketches, lecture notes, and anatomy studies.

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Scope and Contents of Collection

The collection consists of twelve spiral-bound sketchbooks kept by Margery Knight from the 1950s until 1980. Sketches depict travel, costumes, still life arrangements, and figure drawings. Two sketchbooks have drawings and notes from an Art Students League class on anatomical drawing taught by Robert Beverly Hale. A second set of sketchbooks are comprised of costume illustrations. Drawings are rendered in a variety of media, including pencil, ink, watercolor, marker, crayon, pastels, and pen.

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Organization and Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives 2009

66 5th Ave./
lobby level/
New York, NY, 10011

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the Kellen Design Archives. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Sketchbooks included in the donation of the Stanley Barrows papers, 1997.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects


  • Drawings.
  • Sketchbooks.
  • Thumbnail sketches.
  • Travel sketches.


  • Fashion illustrators.


  • Drawing -- Study and teaching.
  • Human figure in art.

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Collection Inventory

Title Box Folder
General, circa 1950s-circa 1960s  1 1
Costume illustration, circa 1951-1961  1 2
Costume illustration, circa 1952-1957  1 3
General, circa 1957-1980  1 4
General, circa 1960-1961  1 5
General, circa 1960-1980  1 6
General, circa 1961  1 7
General, circa 1961-1962  2 1
General, circa 1962-1963  2 2
General, circa 1964  2 3
Anatomy, circa 1965  2 4
Anatomy, circa 1965-1966  2 5

Collection guide Last Updated: 08/30/2012

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