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MS 048 - Robert Coe Sketchbooks Collection



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MS 048 - Robert Coe Sketchbooks Collection, c. 1922-c. 1975 | McCracken Research Library

By Elizabeth Bell

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Title: MS 048 - Robert Coe Sketchbooks Collection, c. 1922-c. 1975Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Coe, Robert

Extent: 2.0 Boxes


Series 1. Sketchbooks, c. 1922 – c. 1975, 1.5 ft (Boxes 1-2)

14 sketchbooks containing primarily pencil and charcoal drawings depicting a variety of subjects.

Series 2. Loose Sketches, c. 1922, 1.5 ft (Box 2)

9 loose pencil sketches depicting architecture and nudes.

Date Acquired: 09/25/1986

Languages: English


Fourteen sketchbooks and nine loose sketches by Robert Coe, primarily in pencil and charcoal.  The sketchbooks depict a variety of subjects, from buildings to dogs to landscapes.  There are many drawings of locations in Europe and a few of the area around Cody, Wyoming.  The loose sketches depict architecture and nudes, and were probably done for a class, as they all have grades penciled on them.  Some of the drawings in the collection have dates, but most do not.

Collection Historical Note

Robert Douglas Coe (1902–1985): Obituary from the Orlando Sentinel

“CANNES, FRANCE — Robert Douglas Coe, 83, a former American diplomat, died May 26.

He was a resident of Cannes and Cody, Wyo., where his family owned Coe Ranch, bought in 1910 from William F. Cody, the American plainsman known as Buffalo Bill.

Coe was former president of the W.R. Coe Foundation, named for his father, William Robertson Coe, an insurance executive who died in 1955. When the foundation was dissolved in 1974, an endowment was given to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center of Cody, which used the money to build the Plains Indian Museum.

Coe attended St. Paul's School and Harvard University. In 1927 he received a master's degree from Magdalen College at Oxford, and the following year he entered the foreign service.

He had posts in Brazil, Peru, Turkey, India, Britain, Italy and the Netherlands, and after 24 years' service retired in 1952. The next year, in what was generally viewed as a political appointment, President Dwight D. Eisenhower made him ambassador to Denmark, a post he held until 1957.”

-- “Robert Douglas Coe, 83, a former American diplomat, died...”  Orlando Sentinel 3 June 1985. Web. 28 Aug. 2013.

Administrative Information

Repository: McCracken Research Library

Access Restrictions: McCracken Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials. Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation or publication. Contact McCracken Research Library for more information.

Acquisition Source: Robert Coe Estate

Acquisition Method: Gift

Related Publications: For additional publications about Art or the Coe Family, please search the McCracken Research Library’s Catalog at:  http://wyld.state.wy.us/bbhc/

Preferred Citation: Robert Coe Sketchbooks Collection, MS 48, McCracken Research Library, Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1],
[Box 2],

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Sketchbook 1, 1923Add to your cart.
Robert Coe, pencil, 1923.  Small (10.3 x 18.3 cm) sketchbook with snap closure containing drawings of Europe, primarily of architecture.  60 pages (26 used).  Places include: Monte Carlo, Carimate (Italy), San Gottardo (Milan, Italy), Perugia (Italy), Rome, Lucca (Italy), Pistoia (Italy), Winchester (England), Galla Placidia (Ravenna, Italy).
Folder 2: Sketchbook 2, c. 1940-c. 1975Add to your cart.
Robert Coe, charcoal and pencil, c. 1940 – c. 1975.  70 pages (15 used).  Subjects include: palm trees, trees, man in hat, tall plant, cityscapes, architecture.
Folder 3: Sketchbook 3, c. 1953Add to your cart.
Robert Coe, charcoal and pencil, c. 1953.  36 pages (16 used) + 1 sheet torn from another sketchbook with drawing on one side.  Subjects include: tree, fence, barn and horses, flower arrangement on table, living room with fireplace, dog, boat, buildings.  Caption next to drawing of dog’s head: “George, 1953.”
Folder 4: Sketchbook 4, c. 1940-c. 1975Add to your cart.
Robert Coe, charcoal and pencil, c. 1940 – c. 1975.  48 pages (9 used).  Subjects include: buildings, horses, horse pulling wagon, cars, ship, landscape.
Folder 5: Sketchbook 5, c. 1940-c. 1975Add to your cart.
Robert Coe; charcoal, pencil, and paint; c. 1940 – c. 1975.  42 pages (4 used).  Subjects include: landscape, building, paint strokes.
Folder 6: Sketchbook 6, c. 1962Add to your cart.
Robert Coe, charcoal and pencil, c. 1962.  70 pages (6 used).  Subjects include: city, landscape with palm trees, ships.  Caption on drawing of city: “Marrakes [Marrakesh?], 1962.”
Folder 7: Sketchbook 7, c. 1964Add to your cart.
Robert Coe, pencil, c. 1964.  30 pages (1 used) + 2 loose sheets with drawings on one side (apparently torn from this sketchbook) + 1 large black-and-white photograph (penciled on back: “Luxor—General view of the pylon of Ramses II”).  Caption on drawing of ornate buildings and towers: “Luxor, 1964.”  Sketchbook has both English and Arabic on covers, “Nefertiti Brand” logo on front cover, and is bound on the right.
Folder 8: Sketchbook 8, c. 1951Add to your cart.
Robert Coe, charcoal and pencil, c. 1951.  62 pages (13 used) + one loose sheet (small) with sketch on one side.  Subjects include: ships, landscapes, “Castle Rock,” “Cody Canyon,” Rattlesnake Mountain & Red Butte (Cody, Wyoming), Heart Mountain (Cody, Wyoming), dog, Rome, balloons, Cannes (France), Les Baux (France).
Folder 9: Sketchbook 9, c. 1951-c. 1958Add to your cart.
Robert Coe, charcoal and pencil, c. 1951 – c. 1958.  30 pages (12 used).  Subjects include: houses, trees, horse, parrot, city, people, hand wearing ring, Cannes (France).

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