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Dowd Illustration Research Archive Artwork Collection

Identifier: MGHL-00034

This collection includes original artwork on paper and board in addition to related published reproductions.


  • Creation: 1922-1958
  • Other: Date acquired: 02/01/2016


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions to access.

Conditions Governing Use

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies. Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University. If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)


3.00 linear feet

Biographical or Historical Information

Maginel Wright Entright Barney (1881-1966) worked as an illustrator from the 1920s through the 1940s. She created cover artwork and illustrations for publications such as Ladies' Home Journal and McCall's. She was well known for her children's book illustrations, including several books by L. Frank Baum. Barney was the younger sister of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

John Held Jr. (1889-1958) worked as an illustrator from the 1920s through the 1940s. He started his career at the age of fifteen as a newspaper cartoonist. His work was published on the covers of prominent publications such as Vanity Fair, Life, Judge, The New Yorker, and Harper's Bazaar. Held was well known for his use of humor and depictions of the flapper, but fell out of popularity in the 1930s.

Al Hirschfeld (1903-2003) was a self described “characterist,” his signature work, defined by a linear calligraphic style, appeared in virtually every major publication of the last nine decades (including a 75 year relationship with The New York Times) as well as numerous book and record covers and 15 postage stamps. (From the Al Hirschfeld Foundation.)

Lucile Patterson Marsh (1890-1970) worked as an illustrator from the 1920s through the 1950s. She illustrated covers for many of the mainstream magazines, including Woman's Home Companion, Ladies' Home Journal, Pictorial Review, and Cosmopolitan. She also held numerous accounts with corporations such as Jell-O, Ivory Soap, and General Electric. She was known for her depictions of children and domestic settings.

Al Parker (1906-1986) began his career in the 1930s when he won a national competition that featured his illustration on the cover of House Beautiful. Parker's illustrations were published on numerous covers and within the pages of many notable magazines. Some of the publications featuring Parker's work include Chatelaine, Collier’s, Women’s Home Companion, and Ladies’ Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, McCall’s, The Saturday Evening Post, Sports Illustrated, Pictorial Review, Town and County, and Vogue. Parker was born in St. Louis and graduate from the School of Fine Arts at Washington University.

Arrangement Note

Series arranged by artist.

Method of Acquisition

Series 1-4 of this collection was purchased by the Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Department of Special Collections at Washington University in St. Louis.

Accruals and Additions

Series 5: Al Hirschfeld original work of art donated in December 2019 by Keith Sherman of the Hirschfeld Foundation.

Related Materials

The Al Parker Collection contains original works of art, tear sheets, correspondence, and model photographs from Parker's career. The Walt Reed Illustration Archive contains original works of art by John Held Jr.

Processing Information

Series 1-4 his collection was processed by Andrea Degeiner in March 2017; Series 5 was processed in March 2020.


Dowd Illustration Research ArchiveArtwork Collection
Andrea Degener
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-03: The finding aid was revised by Andrea Degener in March 2020.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Dowd Illustration Research Archive Collecting Area

Andrea Degener, Interim Curator
West Campus Library
7425 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton MO 63105 US
(314) 935-5495