Scope and Contents
The collection includes 11 original, signed linocut (linoleum block) greeting cards made by Wayman Adams, 10 of which are Christmas cards from 1924 to 1933. The last is a New Year's card from 1935. Most of the cards depict, Adams' son, Wayman "Snig" Adams, Jr. The collection also includes a photograph of Wayman Adams and Frank Atkins, shore captain of the schooner Regina, in the doorway of Booth Tarkington’s boat house on the Kennebunk River in Maine.
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Wayman Elbridge Adams was an American painter, born on September 23, 1883, on a farm in Muncie, Indiana, to Nelson Perry Adams and Mary Elizabeth (Justice) Adams. Adams, who received no formal education beyond grade school, was taught to paint animals by his father, an amateur artist. As a young man, Wayman worked as a manager in Louisville, Kentucky, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the age of 21, he moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, and enrolled in the John Herron Art Institute where he studied under William Forsythe. As an art student, Wayman was able to travel to Europe, where he met Margaret Boroughs, an art student from Texas, who he married in 1918. The couple had a son, Wayman, Jr., who often served as a model for his father’s artwork. Wayman Adams accepted numerous commissioned to paint portraits of American political figures, including 6 Indiana governors and Presidents Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover, as well as Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley and many other prominent figures. Adams died in Austin, Texas on April 9, 1959.
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