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Norman H. Friedman Arthur Szyk Collection
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Norman H. Friedman Arthur Szyk Collection

  • CA RBD MSG 444
  • Collection
  • between approximately 1924-2000

Fonds consists of many examples of Szyk's illustrations in the form of prints, commercially-reproduced illustrations, and drawing studies, as well as printed ephemera. Examples of Szyk's illustrations reproduced on commercial products or other items include postage stamps, posters, book jackets, and calendars. The fonds contains ephemera related to or containing Szyk illustrations, including newspaper clippings and issues of magazines featuring articles on Szyk or reproducing one of his designs. Box 10 contains original drawing studies, mostly for the Book of Esther. The fonds also contains materials related to an exhibition on Szyk at McGill University Library held in 1954.

Szyk, Arthur, 1894-1951

30 mounted prints in the series Washington and His Times.

File consists of 3 images printed in Vienna by Max Joffe. Dimensions vary from 19 cm x 14 cm to 20 cm x 17 cm. Mount dimension: 30 cm x 24cm

Subjects include: Portraits George Washington, Martha Washington, Baron von Steuben, Baron de Kalb, Comte de Rochambeau, Paul Jones, Benjamin Franklin, Gustavus Conyngham, Kasimierz Pulaski, Tadeusz Kosftiociuszko; Events of American Revolution Paul Revere, Boston Massacre, Death of Col. Rall, Nathan Hale, and several battle scenes.

Exhibitions on Arthur Szyk – Catalogues, programs and notes

2 - Canadian Jewish Congress, Laing Galleries, Toronto, January 1954, 4 page flyer.
1 - M. Knoedler and Co, NYC, August-September, 1946, 4 pages
1 - Memorial Exhibition, Jewish Museum of Jewish Theological Seminary of America, NYC, October-December 1952, 4 pages
1 - International Art Gallery, London, May-June 1933, 7 pages
last item are typed and hand written notes only from the original London exhibition catalogue, not included

Sources on Szyk – articles, press releases, bibliographies

1 – Arthur Szyk Society brochure, Burlingame, CA. approximately 1991
1 – Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, annual report, 1950, 12 pages
1 – New York Times article, July 16, 2000 copy of article.
1 – World Medical Assoc., Dec. 1, 1949 press release, re.
exhibition of Szyk’s illuminated ‘doctor’s oath’, 2 pages
1 – handwritten draft notes of obituary for Szyk, on hotel
stationery Warwick hotel, Philadelphia, PA, 1 page
Not signed or dated.
1 – Notes on ‘Miniature Painting’ derived from
Encyclopedia Britannica, 1 page, 3 copies total
1 – Typed draft of bibliography titled ‘Szyk Sources’, some entries handwritten. Not signed or dated. 1939-1951, 4 pages

Items from Philip C. Eisman a Szyk collector:
1 – Eisman correspondence with Leon Walters Society of
Israeli Philatelists, president and Dr. Winkelstein, with
Bibliography titled ‘Szykiana’, 1960, 6 pages
1 – typed bibliographic listings of Szyk illustrations
published in Coronet and Collier’s magazines, 1942-49,
3 pages

Newspaper and magazine clippings on Szyk

1 – Szyk cartoon, The Polish Review, page 1 April 19, 1943.
1 – “Thoughts on Hebrew Freedom,” by Arthur Szyk, 1 page
Source and publication date unknown. However, included on same page is a small announcement advertising the ‘Four Freedoms’ series, in progress 1941-43. Article is accompanied by a photograph of Szyk with Jabotinsky and continuation of a related story, ‘The Stoning of a Prophet’.
1 – Temple bulletin, Forest Hills Jewish Center, 1952, 2 pages
1 – National Jewish Monthly, Dr. Ben Zion Bokser 1953, 6 pages

Reproductions of Szyk designs

File includes 31 diverse reproductions of Szyk designs, including: magazine and newspaper clippings, programs, advertisements, newsletters, black and white photographic reproductions, illustrations, stamps, paintings, cover art, book title page, political cartoons, and book mark. Includes “Balfour Declaration”, Illuminated poem by Ben Hecht, portrait of Moses Broderson, Adam Czerniakow.
Includes patriotic subjects regarding the U.S. and Israel including: early post-war material from Jewish National Fund land redemption program; an issue of the newsletter Betar, vol. 1, no. 5, (December 15, 1942).

Eulogy and obituaries

Includes eulogy by Simon H. Rifkind, printed by Sidney Hollaender given out at the funeral see Arthur Szyk Society newsletter, v. 3, n. 1, 2001 and three obituaries: New York Times, Sept 14 3 copies; Canadian Jewish Review ?, September 28; a Hebrew journal 16 pages October 18.

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