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Guide to the Walter Stein illustrations, 1972-1978

Collection Overview

Kellen Design Archives
Creator - Artist
Stein, Walter, 1924-
Walter Stein illustrations, 1972-1978
2.8 linear ft: 2 oversize boxes
Painter and illustrator Walter Stein (1924-1981) taught at Parsons School of Design from 1973 until his death. The collection consists of Stein's matted original watercolor illustrations, primarily depicting animals and plants, for the book, For Love of Her: Poems by Emily Dickinson, 1974.

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Biographical note

Walter Stein was born in New York in 1924. He studied at the Art Students League, Cooper Union, the New School for Social Research, and New York University -- all in New York -- and the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. He was a faculty member of the Foundation Program at Parsons School of Design, where he taught life drawing to first-year students. Stein died in 1981.

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Scope and Contents of Collection

Consists of 28 watercolor illustrations depicting plants, animals, women, and small, inanimate objects, such as a ball of yarn and bones. The illustrations were published alongside poems by Emily Dickinson in For Love of Her (Clarkson N. Potter, 1974). In the forward to the book, Stein discusses the process by which he selected subjects to accompany the poems. Stein initialled and dated most of the illustrations; however, inexplicably, some post-date the publication of the book in which they appear.

Some of the illustrations were exhibited at Gimbel Library in the months of October and November, 1975.


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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives August 19, 2010

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.

Custodial History note

Bequeathed by the Estate of Walter Stein to Gimbel Library, Parsons School of Design in 1983, and later transferred to the Kellen Design Archives. Illustrations were exhibited in Gimbel Library during the months of October and November 1975.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects


  • Drawings.


  • Illustrators.


  • Animals -- Pictorial works.
  • Plants -- Pictorial works.

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Collection Inventory

Title Box Folder
Illustrations  OSx-1 1-4
OSx-2 1-4

Collection guide Last Updated: 08/30/2012

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