Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00410 - John DePol Collection

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John DePol Collection


  • 1982-1997 (Creation)

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Manuscript Collection

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4 boxes

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Biographical history

John DePol is considered one of the greatest wood engravers of the last 100 years. Born in New York in 1915, he began in 1947 an illustrious career as a wood engraver for some of the finest private presses in the United States, including Hammer Creek Press, Pickering Press, Red Ozier Press, Stone House Press, and Yellow Barn Press. An academician of the National Academy of Design, DePol's work can be found in the collections of museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and in libraries such as The New York Public Library (Rare Books) and the Library of Congress, as well as numerous North American universities.

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Included are correspondence, mainly with James Fraser or copies made for James Fraser; articles about DePol; promotional materials for his work and exhibitions; original prints and artist’s proofs; a collection of lithographs (artist’s signed proofs) drawn and printed by DePol at the College of Art, School of Technology in Belfast in early 1944; prints portraying Irish subjects, etched by DePol in New York in 1947; printed ephemera; and newspaper clippings.

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1997, 2002.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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