Manuscript Collection

Lionel Barrymore Collection - Accession 1716 M828 (885)

Title

Lionel Barrymore Collection - Accession 1716 M828 (885)

Files

Identifier

Accession 1716 M828 (885)

Inclusive Dates

1953-1954

Restrictions

Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

13 pieces

Language

English;

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a framed watercolor painting titled, “Holiday Time in the South” by Lionel Barrymore. The nameplate states: “Painted And Presented To The Citizens Of Rock Hill As A Memento Of My Sincere Appreciation For Their Good Will Towards Me, 8-11-’53, Lionel Barrymore.” Also included in the collection are several photocopies of newspaper articles related to the receipt of the paining from 1953-1954 and a letter written by Lionel Barrymore on his letterhead to Miss Nan Weller Carson of the Rock Hill Public Library dated May 2, 1954. Lionel Barrymore (1878-1954) was a famous actor, director, author, and painter. A member of the Keystone Club of Rock Hill, Mrs. Eva M. White, wrote to Lionel as part of a project she was working on and Mr. Barrymore responded with a letter and telegram. In response, members of the Keystone Club sent several hundred letters and birthday cards to him for his 75th birthday. In thanks he painted and dedicated the watercolor, “Holiday Time in the South” to the City of Rock Hill.

Provenance

The Painting was originally donated to the City of Rock Hill by Lionel Barrymore in 1953. It was then displayed in the Rock Hill Public Library until 2007 when it was placed in storage and then donated to the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections on August 9, 2019.

Copyright

For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

Lionel Barrymore Collection - Accession 1716 M828 (885)

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