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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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Collection Overview

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

Primary Creator: Coe, Robert

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Arrangement:

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

Abstract

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 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Sketchbook 10, c. 1958Add to your cart.
Robert Coe; charcoal, pencil, pen, and marker; c. 1958.  46 pages (19 used) + one loose sheet with drawing on one side.  Subjects include: landscapes, Denmark, Big Ben (London), people, floor plans, sofa and easy chair, Windsor Castle (England), living room with fireplace, dog, buildings.  One color drawing of a lake and trees.  Front cover of sketchbook covered in penciled numbers and calculations.
Folder 2: Sketchbook 11, 1964Add to your cart.
Robert Coe, charcoal and pencil, 1964.  46  pages (5 used).  Subjects include: Aswan (Egypt), Egyptian statue (?), pillars, lake with sailboat and mountains.  Sketchbook has “Drawing Book, A. Buccellati, Cairo - Alexandria” on one cover and Arabic writing on the other.
Folder 3: Sketchbook 12, c. 1940-c. 1975Add to your cart.
Robert Coe, charcoal and pencil, c. 1940 – c. 1975.  46 pages (4 used) + 1 large color postcard of Mission San Xavier del Bac.  Subjects include: Mission San Xavier del Bac (Tucson, Arizona), architecture.
Folder 4: Sketchbook 13, c. 1975Add to your cart.
Robert Coe; charcoal, pencil, and pen; c. 1975.  126 pages (11 used).  Subjects include: landscapes, trees, cow, living room with large windows, dog.  Caption next to drawing of dog: “‘Richard’ 1975.”
Folder 5: Sketchbook 14, c. 1940-c. 1975Add to your cart.
Robert Coe, charcoal and pencil, c. 1940 – c. 1975.  52 pages (12 used) + 1 loose sheet (apparently torn from this sketchbook) with drawings on both sides.  Subjects include: architecture, cathedral (?), bridge, boat, cityscapes, people, dog.  Last page contains sketch and notes regarding curtains.
Folder 6: Loose Sketches, c. 1922Add to your cart.

#1 – Four detailed architectural drawings on one page.  Robert Coe [for class?], pencil, c. 1922.  [Tucked inside Robert Winthrop Chanler book?]  Penciled “C+” in middle of page.  Captions on drawings:

    “Theatre of Marcellus at Rome—plan  1”=100’ ”

    “Theater of Marcellus at Rome—perspective”

    “Theatre at Orange, France—plan  1”=100’ ”

    “Theatre at Orange, France—section  1/32”=1’0” ”                                 

#2 – Sketch from behind of nude man with one arm raised.  Robert Coe [for class?], pencil, 1922.  [Tucked inside Robert Winthrop Chanler book?]  Caption: “10 minute sketch.  May 15 ’22.”  Written in middle of page: “B+  good!”

#3 – Sketch from side of nude man with arms folded.  Robert Coe [for class?], pencil, 1922.  [Tucked inside Robert Winthrop Chanler book?]  Caption: “15 minute sketch—May 15th ’22.”  Penciled “B-” in middle of page.

#4 – Drawing of man in underwear with head turned and arms folded.  Robert Coe [for class?], pencil, c. 1922.  [Tucked inside Robert Winthrop Chanler book?]  Small “D” in red pencil in middle of page.

#5 – Sketch of nude man with one hand on hip.  Robert Coe [for class?], pencil, c. 1922.  [Tucked inside Robert Winthrop Chanler book?]  Penciled “C+” in middle of page.

#6 – On one side of sheet: sketch of man in underwear with one hand behind head.  Penciled “C+” in middle of page.  On other side of sheet: sketch from shoulders down of man in underwear with hands behind back.  Robert Coe [for class?], pencil, c. 1922.  [Tucked inside Robert Winthrop Chanler book?]

#7 – Sketch from behind of man in underwear.  Robert Coe [for class?], pencil, c. 1922.  [Tucked inside Robert Winthrop Chanler book?]  Small “D” in red pencil in middle of page.

#8 – Sketch from side of man in underwear with hands clasped on back of neck.  Robert Coe [for class?], pencil, c. 1922.  [Tucked inside Robert Winthrop Chanler book?]  Small “C-” in red pencil in middle of page.         

#9 – Sketch from side of man in underwear sitting with one arm resting on knees.  Robert Coe [for class?], pencil, c. 1922.  [Tucked inside Robert Winthrop Chanler book?]  Small “C” in red pencil in middle of page.

Note:  Folder was originally labeled “Sketches from Robert Winthrop Chanler Book—1922,” but it is not clear what the connection is between the sketches and Chanler.



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