May 07, 2020 - Sale 2534

Sale 2534 - Lot 98

Price Realized: $ 5,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
(ART.) Archive of sculptor Isaac Hathaway including a plaster mold for his bust of Booker T. Washington. 54 items, various sizes and conditions. Vp, 1892-1962 and undated

Additional Details

Isaac Scott Hathaway (1872-1967) was a noted African-American sculptor and ceramic artist from Kentucky, best known for his busts of Frederick Douglass and others. He taught at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff and at the Tuskegee Institute. His wife Umer G. Porter Hathaway was closely involved in the promotion and sale of his work. Included in this lot are a plaster mold, 9 1/4 x 5 3/4 x 2 inches, for his bust of Booker T. Washington, dated Tuskegee Institute, 1949(?) Cabinet card depicting Hathaway, his wife and other family members, Lexington, KY, circa 1890s Photograph of Hathaway with 13 students and their creations, 7 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches, Pine Bluff, AR, circa 1910? Two art textbooks inscribed by Hathaway: Soper's Principles and Practice of Elementary Drawing, 1915; and Randall's Ceramic Sculpture, 1948 Standard Eclectic Commentary on the International Sunday-School Lessons for 1893, with gift letter from Hathaway's father laid in Poems Teachers Ask for, Book Two (undated) with Hathaway's ownership inscription .
Hathaway's correspondence in two files includes 32 business letters to and from the Hathaways, 1950-52, with his draft letter to the Booker T. Washington Birthplace Memorial concerning a coin design a 1950 typescript price list of available sculptures Printed illustrated leaflet for a "heroic-size bust of Dr. George W. Carver . . . 32 inches in height" and letters regarding orders for busts. Another file of 13 miscellaneous letters, 1925-62, includes a Letter Signed by George Washington Carver upon the death of Hathaway's son in 1941 and letters with his sisters and wife.