Arthur Szyk Lithograph Prints undated

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Creator
Szyk, Arthur, 1894-1951
Size
0.3 linear feet (1 flat folder)
Call number
MSS 00445

This collection has three color lithograph prints from Arthur Szyk's Visual History of Nations series. The nations included in the prints are the United States, Canada, and France. The Visual History of Nations series was commissioned by the Canadian philatelist and entrepreneur Kasimir Bileski in 1945. This series was meant to include sixty visual histories of founding and member countries of the United Nations but only nine were completed prior to Szyk's death.

Arthur Szyk, 1894-1951, was a Polish-Jewish artist and one of the leading political artists in the United States during World War II. He produced hundreds of anti-Axis cartoons and illustrations in aid of the Allied war effort. His cartoons, which included caricatures of Axis power leaders, appeared in popular magazines like Collier's and TIME. Some of his caricatures were compiled and published in The New Order (1941). Ink & Blood, another compilation of Szyk's cartoons, was published in 1946. Szyk illustrated numerous works as well, one of his best known being The Haggadah (1940) which tells the story of Passover and outlines the Passover rituals.

Biographical/historical note

Arthur Szyk, 1894-1951, was a Polish-Jewish artist and one of the leading political artists in the United States during World War II. He produced hundreds of anti-Axis cartoons and illustrations in aid of the Allied war effort. His cartoons, which included caricatures of Axis power leaders, appeared in popular magazines like Collier's and TIME. Some of his caricatures were compiled and published in The New Order (1941). Ink & Blood, another compilation of Szyk's cartoons, was published in 1946. Szyk illustrated numerous works as well, one of his best known being The Haggadah (1940) which tells the story of Passover and outlines the Passover rituals.

Born in 1894 in Łódź, Poland to Jewish parents, Arthur Szyk studied art at the Académie Julian in Paris and at the Krakow Academy of Arts. Szyk, pronounced "Shick", served as artistic director of the Department of Propaganda for the Polish army quartered in Łódź during the Polish-Soviet War. He moved to Paris in 1921, living and working there for 10 years, and his first solo gallery exhibition was in 1922. Szyk worked on illustrations for limited edition fine art books during this period as well. In 1933, Szyk visited the United States with an exhibition of his series, Washington and His Times, which celebrated heroes of the American Revolution. Szyk later moved to England and then, in 1940, immigrated to the United States. He received American citizenship in 1948.

Arthur Szyk died in New Canaan, Connecticut in 1951.

Scope/content

This collection has three color lithograph prints from Arthur Szyk's Visual History of Nations series. The nations included in the prints are the United States, Canada, and France. The Visual History of Nations series was commissioned by the Canadian philatelist and entrepreneur Kasimir Bileski in 1945. This series was meant to include sixty visual histories of founding and member countries of the United Nations but only nine were completed prior to Szyk's death.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the order received.

Access to the collection

Collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice.

Use of these materials

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The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Arthur Szyk Lithograph Prints, MSS 00445, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

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Source of acquisition

Provenance unknown

Processing information

Processed by Clara Wilson, 2022 April; Finding aid written by Clara Wilson, 2022 April

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The United States: A Visual History undated

The image size is 8" x 6 1/2" and the paper size is 11 1/2" x 10".

"First Edition" is stamped on the back of the print and the following information is printed on the back:

Title Page for the United States of America Artist - Arthur Szyk, New York Published by K. Bileski, Station B, Winnipeg, Canada Printed in the U.S.A. by Herman Jaffe, Printer, New York, U.S.A. Copyright 1945

Flat folder 1
Canada: A Visual History print undated

The image size is 8" x 6 1/2" and the paper size is 11 1/2" x 10".

"First Edition" is stamped on the back of the print and the following information is printed on the back:

Title Page for the Dominion of Canada Artist - Arthur Szyk, New York Published by K. Bileski, Station B, Winnipeg, Canada Printed in the U.S.A. by Herman Jaffe, Printer, New York, U.S.A. Copyright 1946

Flat folder 1
France: A Visual History undated

The image size is 8" x 6 1/2" and the paper size is 11 1/2" x 10".

"First Edition" is stamped on the back of the print and the following information is printed on the back:

Title Page for the Republic of France Artist - Arthur Szyk, New York Published by K. Bileski, Station B, Winnipeg, Canada Lithographed in the U.S.A. by Herman Jaffe, Printer, New York, U.S.A. Copyright 1947

Flat folder 1
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Access to the collection

Collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Arthur Szyk Lithograph Prints, MSS 00445, NC State University Libraries Special Collections Research Center

Use of these materials

The nature of the NC State University Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NC State University Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.