Two bound folders (c.1930’s) holding multiple sketches and doodling’s by a young man named Robert Currier Hepburn and his brother John from Connecticut. These two boys were part of actress Katherine Hepburn’s extended family. The drawings are quite clever and certainly reflect the interest and above average talent by these two boys somewhere around the ages of 9 and 10 whom illustrate Automobiles, Trains, Fire Engines, Airplanes, Ships, Popeye, Military and general Rough Housing. The detailed sketches of the families Miami, Florida winter home is very charming with an architectural flare. There are also whimsical renditions of fantasy cars, buses and airplanes. It is apparent that these two brothers were part of an affluent family as their sketches reflect the family’s travels across the country. In one particular work of art by Robert a drawing of U.S. Mail Truck titled: “New Hepburn Currier Model with Colored Chauffeur" Other drawings are titled or labeled as the following: New York Bus, The Boat, Old Ironsides, Atlantic Line, New England Bus Lines, Firestone Bus lines, Coal Trucks, Self-Portrait of one of the boys, Movie Projectors, Farm Wagon’s and various drawings of other service type vehicles and limousines.
There is also a strange newsletter in the folder called the Toltec “Hill Billy” dated July 12 1935. The newsletter I believe comes from a fraternal organization inside Yale University? Their baseball league naturally has individual teams named The Astecs, Incas and Toltecs. In one of the newsletters pages Robert’s cartoon of a driver in his spanking new Packard has been published.
The sketches are nearly all of the 8’ x 11 inch variety with the exception of scrap pieces of paper and general doodling’s. All in all a delightful glimpse into a wealthy noted family during the Great Depression.
*Condition Report: Typical fraying of some of the paper edges, light foxing and cool brown patina from age. Roughly 75 sketches not including hand written pages. A great deal of these drawings could be framed and marketed separately.
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