Robert Frost & J. J. Lankes: A Shared Vision of America

Cover, Collected Poems of Robert Frost
Illustration by J. J. Lankes (1874-1963)
Henry Holt & Co., 1939

March 31- June 15, 2001

Drawn primarily from the extensive private collection of Pat Alger, with additional material provided by Welford D. Taylor, this exhibition will present original woodcut prints by J. J. Lankes, who was an important illustrator for the American poet Robert Frost. Also included will be rare first editions of poetry by Frost, each containing illustrations by Lankes, as well as a selection of supplemental materials including photographs, letters, handwritten versions of Frost’s poetry, original woodblocks, and the artist’s personal woodworking tools. Lankes’ role as an illustrator for other authors will also be explored through woodblock prints, both working proofs and final editions, and first edition books. Exhibited for the first time, this remarkable collection will reveal to the viewer a vignette of a rural America that is both simple yet eloquent.