Boston, Mass: 1932. Item #2481
7½” x 4 7/8”. Quarter cloth over marbled paper with title label affixed to front board. 134 pages, 127 with sketches; many are full page. Most are pencil or pen and ink, a few are watercolor or other media and ten drawings are in color. Book good: heavily worn with both boards mostly detached but holding firmly, backstrip perished, one leaf detached; internally generally very good or better. An intriguing sketchbook created by Allan Rohan Crite. It was done early in his career while he was a a student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from where he graduated in 1936. Two of the drawings are signed and Crite's name and address is written in the upper corner of the first page. His name is also on the cover's paper label, though it is so faint it can only be seen by angling the book in a strong light. Crite was best known for his paintings and drawings of everyday African American life as well as religious imagery and the book reflects his interests in those subjects. There are a number of religious drawings including four in color that take the form of stained glass windows. In three, the people are painted as Caucasian, in the fourth they are black. There are also several sketches of individual African Americans. The book shows his experimentation in other forms about which we could find little, most notably the ones he called “Grotesques, ” an example of which can be seen at right. There is also a series of people in medieval dress as well as medieval architecture and these include a gruesome two page sequence of a man being decapitated. There are several pages of architectural renderings, a couple of street scenes, and one shows the S. S. St. John. Approximately 20 pages display a minimal amount of work: doodles, several with floor plans and the like. An electrifying sketchbook with dozens of striking drawings giving unique insight into Crite's processes and ideas at the dawn of his career. ? This item is offered by Langdon Manor Books, LLC, antiquarian booksellers. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and/or photos and we will respond promptly. We package our items carefully, ship daily, and have a no hassle returns policy--your satisfaction is guaranteed. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) , the International League of Antiquarian Booksllers (ILAB) and the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) and adhere to their rules of ethics.