Kroll, Leon. An Archive (1954-1973) of Autograph Letters, Typed Letters Signed, Holiday Greeting Cards and Exhibition Catalogues. Correspondence between American painter and muralist Leon Kroll and Dr. William D. Hoyt. Jr. , his friend and a Johns Hopkins alumnus. Leon Kroll was commissioned to paint the murals at the entrance to Schriver Hall at Johns Hopkins University. Schriver’s bequest stipulated that one of the murals was to feature ten philanthropists: Johns Hopkins, James Cardinal Gibbons, Arthur B. Kinsolving, Theodore Marburg, George Peabody, Enoch Pratt, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Moses Sheppard, Robert H. Jenkins and William H. Welch.
Some of these letters from Kroll to Dr. Hoyt describe in detail Kroll’s preparations for producing the portrait of James Cardinal Gibbons, including borrowing the appropriate ecclesiastical vestments from New York’s Cardinal Spellman, and Kroll gives a droll account of that encounter. In another letter, he describes the massive scale of the necessary easels and other apparatus he built to complete this commission. Kroll’s other murals hang in the Department of Justice Building, the Indiana Statehouse and at the Worcester Memorial Auditorium in Worcester Massachusetts.
Comprised of 4 signed notes, 3 autograph manuscript letters, and 5 typed letters signed; exhibition catalogs and pamphlets, including a guide for the Worcester War Murals, a memorial exhibition catalog for recently deceased members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters 1975, and a Pamphlet of Candidates for Associate Membership, General Meeting, April 14, 1971. Condition fine.