Esta Nesbitt Papers
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The Esta Nesbitt collection includes illustrative material for 7 books and 2 jackets. Included are complete sets of production materials from initial correspondence, tear-out research materials, notes, studies, swatches, separations, illustrations, negatives, positives, photocopies, proofs, and paste-ups. The material is arranged by title with folder level control.
- Nesbitt, Esta (Person)
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Esta Nesbitt (1918-1975) was a native New Yorker. She attended Traphagen School, Columbia University, and the China Institute. Later, she taught at Parson's School of Design. She began her career creating fashion, advertising and magazine art, receiving citations for her work. In 1960, while studying painting and printmaking, Esta Nesbitt illustrated The Town Across the Waterwith sugar-lift aquatints. Her subsequent book illustration work was marked by painstaking experimentation to produce prints that met her exacting standards for each title. Ms. Nesbitt was known for developing special techniques to create prints that expressed her perception of the text.
9.35 Cubic Feet
The Esta Nesbitt collection includes illustrative material for 7 books and 2 jackets. Included are complete sets of production materials from initial correspondence, tear-out research materials, notes, studies, swatches, separations, illustrations, negatives, positives, photocopies, proofs, and paste-ups.
See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
In 1980, five years after Esta Nesbitt's death, Saul Nesbitt contributed production materials for the illustrations to seven books and two jackets created by his wife. Ms. Nesbitt had assured the Kerlan curator that she kept everything and the contribution included proofs, illustrations, studies, photocopies, preliminary drawings, layouts, roughs, swatches, correspondence, and tear out research materials.
Gift of: Nesbitt, Esta
Gift of: Nesbitt, Esta
- Esta Nesbitt Papers 1964-1969
- Christine Schonhart. October 2004
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