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PHOTOGRAPHIC CHRONOLOGY OF FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT PORTRAITS
 
The purpose of this page is to document, clarify and date photographs and portraits of Frank Lloyd Wright. Please feel free to send us any information that will clarify any of these images.  We also welcome new images that we do not have. 
 
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  Books Related to Women in Wright's Life 
  Catherine Tobin Wright    Mamah Borthwick Cheney    Miriam Noel Wright    Olgivanna Lloyd Wright 
  Mrs. John Lloyd Wright    Anne Baxter 
 
Frank Lloyd Wright  (June 8, 1867 - April 9, 1959)
 
Catherine Tobin Wright  (March 25, 1871 - March 24, 1959) Catherine Lee (Kitty) Clark Tobin was born on March 25, 1871 in Nebraska. She was the daughter of a wealthy businessman. On June 1, 1889, Catherine and Frank were married in Chicago, Illinois. She was 17 years old. They honeymooned in Wisconsin. Raising a family dominated most of her time. In 1909, after six children and twenty years of marriage, Frank left his wife and family and traveled to Europe with Mamah Borthwick Cheney settling in Italy for about a year. In 1922 she granted Wright a divorce. Catherine passed away on March 24, 1959, fifteen days before Frank Lloyd Wright.
 
Mamah Borthwick Cheney  (June 19, 1869 - August 15, 1914) Mamah Borthwick was born in Boone, Iowa.  She received a BA at the University of Michigan, and later worked as a librarian in Port Huron, Michigan.  In 1899, she married Edwin Cheney, an electrical engineer from Oak Park, Illinois, USA.  They had two children: John (1902) and Martha (1905).  Edwin commissioned Wright to design them a home in 1903.  In 1909, Mamah and Frank left their respective spouses and traveled to Europe, settling in Italy for about a year.  Upon their return, they settled at Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin.  On August 15, 1914, one of Wright's recently hired domestic workers murdered Mamah, both her children, three of Wright's associates, and a son of one of the associates.  He set fire to one wing of Taliesin, and murdered the seven people with an ax as they tried to escape the fire.  At the time, Wright was overseeing work on Midway Gardens in Chicago. Catherine Wright refused to give Wright a divorce until November 13, 1922. 
 
Miriam Noel Wright  (May 9, 1869 - January 3, 1930) Immediately after the tragic death of Mamah Cheney on August 15, 1914, Miriam Noel sent condolences to Wright. Within weeks Wright became involved with Miriam and she moved into Taliesin. On November 7, 1915 she was quoted in the Chicago Daily Tribune "...Frank Wright and I care nothing for what the world may think. We are as capable of making laws for ourselves as were the dead men who made the laws by which they hoped to rule the generations after them." Although Wright had not yet received a divorce from Kitty, they live together and travel to Tokyo, Japan in 1916. In 1922, Wright's first wife, Kitty, granted him a divorce. He was required to wait one year and on November 19, 1923, Miriam and Frank were married in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Their relationship was quite tumultuous. Wright explains in his Autobiography that he married her to rescue their relationship. "Marriage resulted in ruin for both. Instead of improving with marriage, as I had hoped, our relationship became worse." (An Autobiography, p 260). They quarreled a great deal, she was addicted to morphine, and in less than a year they were separated. In 1924, after the separation, but while still married, Wright met Olgivanna at the Petrograd Ballet in Chicago. On November 27, 1925 Miriam filed for a divorce, alleging desertion and cruelty. After a three year legal battle, they were divorced on August 26, 1927. Olga and Frank were married on August 25, 1928 at midnight in Rancho Santa Fe near La Jolla. The ceremony was held one year to the day after Wright’s divorce from Miriam. Miriam Noel Wright passed away on January 3, 1930 at the age of 61.
 
TIMELINE OF MIRIAM'S RELATIONSHIP TO FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT:
Immediately after the tragic death of Mamah Cheney on August 15, 1914, Miriam Noel sent condolences to Wright. Within weeks Wright became involved with Miriam and she moved into Taliesin.
1922. Wright's first wife, Kitty, granted him a divorce.
1923. He was required to wait one year and on November 19, 1923, Miriam and Frank were married in Spring Green, Wisconsin.
1924. In May 1924 Miriam walked out of Taliesin. (MT p75)
1924. Frank and Olga met at the Petrograd Ballet in Chicago Nov 30, 1924 while she was separated from her husband. (MT p75)
1925. Wright moved Olgivanna into Taliesin in February and had an out-of-wedlock child by end of year. (MT p75, 77)
1925. April 20. Second fire at Taliesin destroys the living quarters.
1925. On November 27, Miriam filed for a divorce, alleging desertion and cruelty.
1925. On December 2, Olgivanna gives birth to Wright's child Iovanna Lazovich Lloyd Wright in Chicago.
1926. Spring. Wright is photographed with his daughter Iovanna at Taliesin.
1926. On May 20 Miriam appears in Madison court room in an efforts to settle divorce, effort failed.
1926. On June 3 Miriam attempted to take Taliesen, by storm but failed to get beyond the front gate. (NYT 6/4 p 9)
1926. In August Miriam refused to grant divorce and demanded the right to live at Taliesin. She sues Olgivanna. (MT p75)
1926. In September the bank foreclosed on Taliesin Mortgage.
1926. Wright was arrested at the kitchen door of a Lake Minnetonka cottage on October 21. It developed that Mr. Wright came to Lake Minnetonka on September 7, and rented the cottage. (MT p75, 77)
1926. After Wright's arrest in October Miriam waited at the Southmoor Hotel in Chicago for instructions from her lawyer. (FF p 195)
1926. Miriam disappears from Chicago, possibly due to an eviction from the Southmoor Hotel in Chicago. They later enter a claim against her for $1500 when she left for California. (FF p 203)
1926-27. Miriam lived in the Claremont Apartments on Sutter Street in San Francisco from December 1926 to at least Feb. 1, 1927.
1927. In January the bank orders Wright to sell some of his Japanese prints. (FF p 202)
1927. Feb. 1, Miriam found at the Claremont Apartments in San Francisco where she has been living since December 1926.
1927. March 7, Miriam says she’s going to battle for her rights, which she claims have been usurped by a pretty Russian dancer.
1927. Miriam and Frank were finally divorced on August 26. Wright travels with Olgivanna to Puerto Rico for two months. (FF p 199)
1927. Miriam arrested in dining room of Madison's Lorain Hotel for mailing Wright an obscene letter. (FF p 206)
1927. Wright, Olgivanna and children spent Winter of 1927 in rented cottage on beach at La Jolla, CA. (Masks p297)
1927. September 21, "Good-bye trouble; Hello Art. Admitting cinema ambitions and hinting at movie offers, Mrs. Frank Lloyd Wright quietly left San Francisco for Hollywood, Chicago, Paris and points East."
1928. In January the bank orders Wright out of Taliesin. In July the bank sells Taliesin at sheriff's sale. (MT p77)
1928. In January Wright heads to Arizona and consults on Arizona Biltmore. (FF p 208)
1928. In March Olga and Frank move to cottage in La Jolla, CA. (FF p 208)
1928. In July Miriam trashes Wrights cottage in La Jolla, CA and is arrested. (FF p 212)
1928. Olga and Frank were married on August 25, at midnight in Rancho Santa Fe near La Jolla. They honeymooned in Phoenix, Arizona at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel.
1928. In October, Wright, Olgivanna and children mover back into Taliesin.
1930. Miriam Noel Wright passed away on January 3, at the age of 61.
 
Olga (Olgivanna) Ivanovna Milanoff: Aka, Olga Lazovich Milanov. Short biography of her early years: (December 27, 1898 - March 1, 1985) Olga's first marriage was to a Russian architect, Vladimar Hinzenberg, in on January 31, 1917 (F45). She gave birth to a daughter Svetlana on Sept. 27 (F47). They divorced in 1925.  Wright and Olga met at a Petrograd Ballet in Chicago in 1924 while she was separated from her husband. They were married on August 25, 1928 at midnight in Rancho Santa Fe near La Jolla.  They honeymooned in Phoenix, Arizona at the Arizona Biltmore. (Note: She was 31 years younger.)
      Early 1920's Olgivanna started studying dance with Gurdjieff. Her husband sails for America, she and her daughter stay to study dance (F58).
      In April 1922, Olgivanna’s brother Vlado, and his wife moved to American with her four and a half year old daughter Svetlana (F59).
      In January 1924, Olgivanna arrived in New York from Paris where she was reunited with her six and a half year old daughter (F77). She was a dancer with Gurdjieff’s Russian Ballet. In March, 1924 she performed at Carnegie Hall. From there she preformed with the Ballet in Chicago. After returning to New York, funds were short, and when Gurdjieff headed back to Paris, Olgivanna was left behind. She found passage and returned to Paris with her daughter. When Gurdjieff closed his Ballet group, she sailed back to New York in October 1924 with her seven year old daughter (F91). She spent one month in NY (F94). In Mid-November she left for Chicago where she and her daughter stayed in her husbands apartment (F96). She realized her marriage to Vladimar was coming to an end. On November 30, 1924, Wright attended he afternoon a matinee at the Eighth Street Theatre with a friend, artist Jerry Blum, whom Olgivanna had recently met. Karsavina, the Petrograd ballerina was to perform a Russian Ballet. One seat was vacant in their box. Olgivanna was ushered in (F97).  Wright remembered the moment vividly, recalling it in his Autobiography p508. Between Wright’s busy schedule and travel they saw each other.
      On January 1, 1925 Olgivanna asked for a divorce. She visited Taliesin in January, and by the end of the month came back to stay (F101).  April 20, 1925 Taliesin II burned to the ground. Only the drafting room was spared. With Olgivanna pregnant, Wright finally filed for divorce from Miriam around June or July (F111).  Wright’s divorce was nearly settled until Miriam found that Olgivanna was giving birth. Iovanna was born on December 2. She assailed the new mother in her Chicago West Side Hospital room (F112). The new parents fled to New York.
      Two months later in Feb. 1926, Wright and Olgivanna left for Puerto Rico (F114). She had lost much weight and was very gaunt. After two months, in April 1926, they headed back to Taliesin. On their way through Chicago, they picked up Svetlana who was staying with her father. On June 3, 1926 Miriam attempted to take Taliesin, by storm but failed to get beyond the front gate (NYT 6/4 p 9). Wright is briefly jailed. August 30, Miriam files Suite for $100,000. Beginning of Sept. Wright runs ad in Newspaper that he is going abroad. Attorneys publicly suggestion they go to Canada. With two children they head to Make Minnetonka, arriving Sept 7. Olgivanna’s husband sues for custody fearing they are leaving country (F115). Wright arrested on Wednesday evening, October 20, 1926. On Oct. 30 they appeared in court. In December they go to New York and stay with Wright’s sister Maginel (F117).
      Jan 6-7, 1927 Wright’s collection of Japanese Prints sold at Anderson Galleries auction, to pay debts. Also in January, friends incorporate Wright, it became effective in August (MT76). In May, they left NY and returned to Taliesin (F122). August 26, Wright was granted a divorce from Miriam at a high financial cost (F123).
      Jan 1928 McArthur offers Wright salary to help with Arizona Biltmore. They were married on August 25, 1928 at midnight in Rancho Santa Fe near La Jolla.  They honeymooned in Phoenix, Arizona at the Arizona Biltmore.
 
Wedding announcement of Frank Lloyd Wright and Olgivanna Wright
 
 
1885
Wright at 18 (1885)  

Wright at 18.

Frank Lloyd Wright Portrait (circa 1885). 

In 1885 Wright takes a job working for Allan Conover, a consulting engineer in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. Published in "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Monona Terrace", Mollenhoff; Hamilton, 1999, page 52, Dated late 1885.

Photographer E.R. Curtiss,  Wisconsin Historical Society. 

High-res digital 4 x 5 image.

0001.01.0706

   
1886
Wright at 19 (1886)  
Wright at 19.

Frank Lloyd Wright Portrait (circa1886).

In January 1886, Wright was admitted to the University of Wisconsin. In early 1887 Wright left Madison for Chicago. 

5.75 x 7.1 Print, High res digital image.

0001.02.0310

 

   
1887
Wright at 20 (1887)  

Wright at 20.

In early 1887 Wright left Madison for Chicago. Almost immediately he acquired an entry level job as a tracer with Joseph Lyman Silsbee, an architect well known for Queen Anne and Shingle-Style homes. He was soon promoted to draftsman. In 1888 he took a job as a draftsman for Adler and Sullivan. Portrait of Wright shortly after he arrived in Chicago in 1887. 

Published in "An Autobiography, Frank Lloyd Wright", Wright, 1977, page 64f. Dated at age 20; "Frank Lloyd Wright A Biography", Secrest, 1992, page 80. Dated at age 20. Published in "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Monona Terrace", Mollenhoff; Hamilton, 1999, page 60, Dated at age 20.

4.25 x 6 Print, High res digital image.

0004.01.0509

   
1889
Wright at 22 (1889)  
Wright at 22. 

Frank Lloyd Wright Portrait (circa 1889). 

International Newsreel Photo - Received 9/20/29.  Typed caption on back: "Friends incorporate F.L. Wright, Architect.  Chicago Ill... Frank Lloyd Wright, internationally famous architect who is now an institution under the charter of Frank Lloyd Wright, Inc., following the establishment of the corporation by his friends.  Wright may now give his talent free play unhampered by domestic or financial matters.  He is said to have invented a method that will revolutionize skyscrapers."  Time line: Wright arrived in Chicago in 1887.  Set up his own practice in 1893. 

Original silver gelatin photo.  6 x 8.

0009.01.0401

   
1890
Wright at 23 (1890)  
Wright at 23.

Wright Family, Summer 1890.

On June 1, 1889, Catherine and Frank were married in Chicago, Illinois. She was 17 years old. During the Summer of 1890, at one of the family gatherings, this photograph was taken on the front steps of Wright’s newly completed home. Always aware of appearance, Wright placed an oriental carpet on the stairs, and a tennis racket in his Aunt’s hand. (L to R) Uncle Jenkin Lloyd Jones and his wife Aunt Susan Lloyd Jones; Wright’s sister Jane; Catherine holding Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr. (Lloyd); his mother Anna Wright; his sister Maginel; Wright; and Mary, the daughter of Jenkin and Susan.

Published in "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Monona Terrace", Mollenhoff; Hamilton, 1999, page 61, Dated late 1890.

6.75 x 5.5 Print, High res digital image.

   
0011.01.0310

 

Detail: (L to R) Catherine Wright holding Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr. (Lloyd); his mother Anna Wright; his sister Maginel; and Frank Lloyd Wright.

   
Detail: (L to R) Wright's sister Maginel; and Frank Lloyd Wright.

 

   
1895
Wright at 28 (1) (1895)  

Wright at 28.

Portrait of Wright in 1895.

Frank Lloyd Wright: Wright was about 28 at the time this picture was taken, circa 1895.  Just two years earlier he had left the employment of Louis Sullivan and begun his independent practice of architecture. Courtesy National Library of Australia.

Published in "Frank Lloyd Wright, His Life and His Architecture", Twombly, 1979, page 23 but dated 1889.

3.25 x 5.6 Print, High res digital image.

0018.01.0509

   
Wright at 28 (1b) (1895)  
Wright at 28 (Circa 1895)

(Published by the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio Foundation. #3268) 

Frank Lloyd Wright: Wright was about 28 at the time this picture was taken, circa 1895.  Just two years earlier he had left the employment of Louis Sullivan and begun his independent practice of architecture.  Photo a gift of David and Gladys Wright.” 

4.25 x 6 Postcard.

1993.48.0706

   
Wright at 28 (2) (1895)  

Wright at 28. 1895.

"A self-photograph. No ‘picture-taker’ could satisfy him. So he rigged up his camera with a long rubber tube, and at the right moment, squeezed the bulb! It was the year 1895." John Lloyd Wright, published in "My Father Who is on Earth", 1946, page 18.  Also published in "An Important Lamp by Frank Lloyd Wright for Susan Lawrence Dana House" Hanks, 2002, page 8, dated circa 1904-1906. Stamped on verso, "August 26, 86".

Original 8 x 10 B&W Print.

0018.02.1210

   
1900
Wright at 33 (Circa 1900)  

Wright at 33. Circa 1900.

Wright wearing a hat, looking to the left.

5 x 6.2 Print, High res digital image.

0041.01.0609

   
1903
Wright at 36 (Circa 1903)  

Wright at 36. Circa 1903.

Portrait of Wright slightly facing to the right, resting his head on his hand. May have been photographed at the same one dated 1905 (Wright at 38), but his hair does not have the touch of gray.

Published in "Frank Lloyd Wright" Thomas, 1997, page 6 and dated 1903.

4 x 5 Print, High res digital image.

0054.02.0609

   
1905
Wright at 38 (Circa 1905)  

Wright at 38. Circa 1905.

Wright slightly facing to the right. This portrait has been dated circa 1926, which would place Wright at 59. A more accurate date would be circa 1905.

A very similar portrait is published in "Frank Lloyd Wright Collected Writings", Volume 1, Pfeiffer, page 2.

5 x 7 Print, High res digital image.

0058.03.0609

   
1906
Wright at 39 (Circa 1906)  

Wright at 39. Circa 1906.

Portrait of Wright slightly facing to the right. Hair has just a touch of gray. May have been photographed at the same one dated 1905 (Wright at 38).

Published in "Frank Lloyd Wright Collected Writings" Volume 1, Pfeiffer, page 2;  “Many Masks” Gill, 1987, page 180. Courtesy of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation.

7 x 8.2 Print, High res digital image.

0064.02.0609

   
1914
Wright at 47 (Circa 1914)  
Wright at 47. Circa 1914

Portrait of Wright facing slightly to the left. This was taken about the time he was completing Midway Gardens.

Published in "An Autobiography, Frank Lloyd Wright", page 192a.

4.6 x 7 Print, High res digital image.

0124.09.0709

   
1919
Wright at 52 (1919)  
Wright at 52

Portrait of Wright facing slightly to the left.

Published in "Frank Lloyd Wright Monograph 1914-1923 Volume 4", Pfeiffer, Futagawa, 1990, page v, dated 1919.  Courtesy of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Published in "Truth Against The World", Meehan, 1987, page 20.  Courtesy of the R. M. Schindler Archive.

8 x 10 Print, High res digital image.

0141.02.0709

   
1920
Wright at 53 (1920)  

Wright at 53.

Portrait of Wright in 1920. Courtesy of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, William J Meuer Photoart House.

Published in "Truth Against The World", Meehan, 1987, page 48. Dated circa 1920-1930.

4.75 x 6 Print, High res digital image.

0142.06.0509

   
1923
Wright at 56 (1) (1923)  

Wright at 56.

Frank Lloyd Wright Portrait.  November 27, 1923. 

Photographed by Arnold Genthe, AMICO Public Collection, Washington DC. 

High-res 3 x 4 digital image.

0156.02.0706

   
Wright at 56 (2) (1923)  
Wright at 56. Circa 1923.

Very similar to the portrait by Arnold Genthe. Wright is seated on the ground, facing left, his legs are crossed. His arms are resting on his knees. There is a slight smile on his face. 1923 was the period in Wright’s life he designed the four textile block homes in California. Gift from Randolph C. Henning.

Original 4x 5 B&W photograph.

0156.43.0913

   
Wright at 56 (3) (1923)  
Wright at 56 (November 1923)

Portrait of Wright, looking at the camera, but turned to the right. Published in "The Life Work of the American Architect:, Frank Lloyd Wright". The "Foto" (German) is dated November 1923. Also published in "An Autobiography, Frank Lloyd Wright" Wright, 1977, and indicates that this photograph was taken about the time he met Olgivanna (page 192e). (Note: Wright and Olgivanna met at the Petrograd Ballet in Chicago in 1924 while she was separated from her husband. So this would have been taken before they met.)

6.5 x 9.25 print, High res digital image.

0156.04.0609

   
Wright at 56 (4) (1923)  
Wright at 56 (November 1923)

Portrait of Wright at 56. November 1923. Heavily airbrushed portrait of Wright, looking at the camera, but turned to the right. See original above (0156.04). Dated November 1923. Partial printed news clipping pasted to verso shows this photograph to the left of a photograph of Miriam Noel Wright. Partial caption on verso reads "Miriam... Yesterday Miriam... suit for $100,000... beautiful Russian..." Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Tribune.

Original 3 x 5.5 B&W Print.

0156.07.0910

 

   
1924
 

Wright at 57. Circa 1924. Set of eight images (found to date), photographed at the same time at Taliesin.  Outfit is the same in each of these six photographs. Some publications indicate that these are possible self-portraits. The Library of Congress notes that one of the images was a  photograph by Rudd.

   
Wright at 57 (1) (1924)  

Wright at 57. Circa 1924.

Wright in his living room at Taliesin. Drafting pencil in his right hand. Part of a set of eight images to date photographed at the same time. Possibly a self-portrait, photographed at the same time as 157.03. Courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Dated circa 1924.

Published in "Frank Lloyd Wright A Biography" Secrest, 1992, page 261; "Frank Lloyd Wright, An Interpretive Biography", Twombly, 1973, page 149; "Truth Against The World", Meehan, 1987, page 2. "Taliesin 1911-1914", Menocal, 1992, page ii.

6 x 5.25 print, High res digital image.

0157.02.0509

   
Wright at 57 (2) (1924)  
Wright at 57. Circa 1924.

Wright in his living room at Taliesin. Seated at a table, a floral Japanese screen in the background. Pencil in his right hand, possibly a cigarette in his left. Part of a set of seven images to date photographed at the same time.

4 x 4.6 print, High res digital image.

0157.08.0509

   
Wright at 57 (3) (1924)  
Wright at 57. Circa 1924.

Portrait of Wright working at his drafting table at Taliesin. Part of a set of eight images to date photographed at the same time.

5 x 4.9 Print, High res digital image.

0157.04.0609

   
Wright at 57 (4) (1924)  
Wright at 57. Circa 1924.

Close-up portrait of Wright working at his drafting table at Taliesin. Part of a set of seven images to date photographed at the same time.

Published in "Frank Lloyd Wright, The Heroic Years: 1920 - 1932" Pfeiffer, 2009, page 112, dated 1924.

3.5 x 4.1 Print, High res digital image.

0157.05.0609

   
Wright at 57 (5) (1924)  
Wright at 57. Circa 1924.

Portrait of Wright facing slightly to the right, photographed at Taliesin. Part of a set of eight images to date photographed at the same time.

Courtesy Library of Congress. Library of Congress notes that photograph by Rudd.

4 x 5.5 Print, High res digital image.

0157.06.0609

   
Wright at 57 (6) (1924)  

Wright at 57. Circa 1924.

Portrait of Wright seated on a drafting table, holding a cane at Taliesin in front of a model of the Press Building Project (1912, San Francisco). Part of a set of eight images to date photographed at the same time. Possibly a self-portrait, photographed at the same time as 157.02. Wright is holding the same cane as in 171.02. Courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Dated 1924.

Published in "Truth Against The World", Meehan, 1987, page 86.

4.2 x 6 print, High res digital image.

0157.03.0509

   
Wright at 57 (7) (1924)  
Wright at 57. Circa 1924.

Portrait of Wright seated next to a drafting table, holding a cane at Taliesin in front of a model of the Press Building Project (1912, San Francisco). Part of a set of eight images to date photographed at the same time.

4 x 3 print, High res digital image.

0157.07.0509

   
Wright at 57 (8) (1924)  
Wright at 57. Circa 1924.

Portrait of Wright in the Living Room leaning against the fireplace at Taliesin. Cane is leaning against the fireplace on the right side, partly hidden behind the Japanese sculpture. This was photographed before the fire that struck Taliesin the second time in April 1925.

6.5 x 4.5 print. High res digital image.

0157.09.0110

   
   
Olga Milanoff at 26 (approximately) (Circa 1924)  
  Olga Milanoff at 26 (approximately). Circa 1924.

Olga (Olgivanna) Ivanovna Milanoff: Aka, Olga Lazovich Milanov. Approximately the first time she met Frank Lloyd Wright. Olga's first marriage was to a Russian architect, Vladimar Hinzenberg, in 1917. They divorced in 1925. In the early 1920's Olgivanna started studying dance with Gurdjieff. Her husband sails for America, she and her daughter stay to study dance. In January 1924, Olgivanna arrived in New York from Paris. She was a dancer with Gurdjieff’s Russian Ballet. In March, 1924 she performed at Carnegie Hall. From there she preformed with the Ballet in Chicago. After returning to New York, funds were short, and when Gurdjieff headed back to Paris, Olgivanna was left behind. She found passage and returned to Paris with her daughter. When Gurdjieff closed his Ballet group, she sailed back to New York in October 1924 with her seven year old daughter. This possibly could be a publicity photograph. Wright and Olga met at a Petrograd Ballet in Chicago in 1924 while she was separated from her husband. They were married on August 25, 1928 at midnight in Rancho Santa Fe near La Jolla. They honeymooned in Phoenix, Arizona at the Arizona Biltmore. Originally retouched by Walter A. Jones (embossed bottom right). Restored by Douglas M. Steiner.

Original B&W photograph. 8 x 10.

0157.10.0210

(Note) Unrestored original 8 x 10 B&W photograph of Olga (Olgivanna) Ivanovna Milanoff. Originally retouched by Walter A. Jones (embossed on the bottom right). Restored (above) by Douglas M. Steiner.
   
Olga Milanoff, Circa 1924  
Olga Milanoff, Circa 1924

Olga (Olgivanna) Ivanovna Milanoff, Circa 1924. Turned to the her right, facing forward looking to her left. Partial news clipping pasted to the verso: "Accused Home Wrecker. FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT, noted American architect has fled (to Can)ada to the arms of his "most wonderful woman" (Olga) Milanoff, Russian danseuse (female ballerina) and the architect’s former (lover), and their infant son, according to Miriam Noel (the) architect’s wife. Mrs. Wright, who is a sculptress, (ends in h, m or n) this statement in answer to the charges of her hus-(band’s att)orney that his client was forced to leave the United (States to) recoup his fortune after she had financially ruined (- - -) bitter pen. According to Mrs. Wright, Mme. Milanoff’s (baby was) born in Chicago after she had spent three years in (- - his) household and her hasty departure was caused (by the) immigration authorities being on her trail. Mrs. Wright (said s)he is certain her husband has joined the young Russian (- - n) a new love nest in Canada." Hand written on verso: "Olga Milanoff, 1/16 or 7/16". Note: two corrections from account. 1) There is no record of Wright or Olgivanna fleeing to Canada, but in the beginning of September 1926, to throw Miriam off track in her heated pursuit to find Wright, he runs ad in Newspaper that he is going abroad. Attorneys publicly suggestion they go to Canada. With two children they head to Make Minnetonka, arriving Sept 7. 2) Their daughter (not son as reported) Iovanna Lazovich Lloyd Wright was born on December 2, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois. The caption would place the publication date during Sept 1926. But the photograph was most likely taken in the early 1920s as a promotional photograph for her performances with the Russian Ballets. In January 1924, Olgivanna arrived in New York from Paris. She was a dancer with Gurdjieff’s Russian Ballet. In March, 1924 she performed at Carnegie Hall. From there she preformed with the Ballet in Chicago. Similar photograph published in "The Fellowship" Friedland & Zellman, 2006, page 44. Acquired from the achieves of the Chicago Sun Times. Restored by Douglas M. Steiner.

Original 3.2 x 5.5 B&W print.

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(Note) Unrestored original 3.2 x 5.5 B&W photograph of Olga (Olgivanna) Ivanovna Milanoff. Restored (above) by Douglas M. Steiner.

   
Olga Milanoff at 26. (1924)  
Olga Milanoff at 26. (1924)

Olga Milanoff and daughter Svetlana Hinzenberg, 1924. Olga's first marriage in 1917 was to a Russian architect, Vladimar Hinzenberg. Svetlana was born on September 27, 1917. In January 1924, Olgivanna arrived in New York from Paris where she was reunited with her six and a half year old daughter. She was a dancer with Gurdjieff’s Russian Ballet. In March, 1924 she performed at Carnegie Hall. From there she preformed with the Ballet in Chicago. After returning to New York, funds were short, and when Gurdjieff headed back to Paris, Olgivanna was left behind. She found passage and returned to Paris with her daughter. When Gurdjieff closed his Ballet group, she sailed back to New York in October 1924 with her seven year old daughter. Svetlana and her son Daniel were killed in an automobile accident on September 30, 1946. (Note: Svetlana at twelve published in "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Monona Terrace" page 78.)

7 x 6 Print, High res digital image.

0198.02.0310

1925
Wright Files for Dissolution (1925)  
Wright Files for Dissolution

Wright Files for Dissolution of Marriage. Photograph of court document dated July 10, 1925. "State of Wisconsin, Sauk County. In Circuit Court. Frank Lloyd Wright, Plaintiff, -vs- Miriam Wright, Defendant. (Stamped on face: Clerk of Circuit Court. Filed Jul 10 1925. Sauk County.) –Complaint– Now comes Frank Lloyd Wright, by his attorney, James H. Hill... That the parties hereto were married in Wisconsin on the 12th day of November, 1923... That the plaintiff during all said time has faithfully kept and performed his marriage contract and at all times supported the defendant in a manner befitting his station in life. That notwithstanding this and without any cause or provocation on the part of this plaintiff, the defendant deserted this plaintiff and for more than one year since said deserted has continuously remained away. Wherefore, plaintiff prays judgment that the bonds of matrimony now subsisting between the parties be wholly dissolved and set aside and that he be freed therefore, and for such other and further relief as to the court seems just and equitable. James H. Hill (signature), Plaintiff’s attorney." Stamped on verso: "Dec 1 1925". Hand written on verso "26239".

Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

0171.15.0713

   
Wright Responds to Press (1925)  
Wright Responds to Press

Wright Responds to Press. Circa 1925. Photograph of hand written note. "I feel that this is no matter for the public. I have no wish to add more than this word to the mass of idle speculation already fabricated and published to gratify idle curiosity. Further than this I have absolutely no word to say. Frank Lloyd Wright." Hand written on verso "26239". (Not dated, but same number on verso as photograph dated Dec 1 1925.)

Original 10 x 6 B&W photograph.

0171.16.0713

   
1926
Wright at 59 (1926)  

Wright at 58 (Verso)

Wright at 59. 

Portrait of Wright holding his baby daughter Iovanna at Taliesin. Iovanna Lazovich Lloyd Wright was born on December 2, 1925. No other copy of this print is known to exist. This photograph was loaned to Ken Burns for his 2004 Wright documentary.  Inscribed on verso: "Frank Lloyd Wright and baby daughter Iovanna at Taliesin".  Kelmscott Gallery, Chicago, acquired this photograph from Wright's granddaughter Nora Natof in 1980. 

Original vintage 2.5 x 4.25 silver gelatin photograph.

Similar image published in "Frank Lloyd Wright, His Life and His Architecture", Twombly, 1979, page 184 but dated early 1924.

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Wright at 59 (2) (1926)  

Wright at 59.

Frank Lloyd Wright Portrait March 1, 1926.

Photographed by DeLonge Studio, Courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society. 

Published in "Frank Lloyd Wright A Biography", Secrest, 1992, page 157, but dated 1905.

5 x 6 Print. High-res digital image.

0249.09.0706

   
Wright at 59 (3) (1926)  

Wright at 59. (1926)

Portrait of Wright by DeLonge Studio, March 1, 1926.

Photographed at the same time as 249.09. He is wearing a long black coat, with a second draped over his left arm which is holding a hat. A pair of glassed are in his right hand.

Published in "Truth Against The World", Meehan, 1987, page 32 dated circa 1910-1920. Courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

4.75 x 6 Print. High res digital image.

0249.17.0509

   
Olga Milanoff at 28 (1926)  

Olga Milanoff at 28 (1926)

Olgivanna and daughter Iovanna, Spring-Summer 1926. Olga (Olgivanna) Ivanovna Milanoff met Frank Lloyd Wright at a Petrograd Ballet in Chicago in 1924 while she was separated from her husband. Iovanna Lazovich Lloyd Wright was born on December 2, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois. During the Spring and summer they were living at Taliesin in Spring Green Wisconsin. In September, after the bank foreclosed on Taliesn, they move to Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota, where on the evening of October 20, 1926, Wright is arrested for violation of the Mann act and spends an evening in jail. Wright and Olgivanna were married on August 25, 1928 at midnight in Rancho Santa Fe near La Jolla. Stamped on verso: "From Chicago Bureau. 7 South Dearborn St."

Published in “Many Masks” Gill, 1987, page 293. Caption reads "Olgivanna and Iovanna at Lake Minnetonka. Milwaukee Journal". Also published in "Frank Lloyd Wright A Biography" Secrest, 1992, page 321.

Original B&W photograph, 6.3 x 4.8, Digitally restored high res image.

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(Note) Unrestored original 6.3 x 4.8 B&W photograph of Olga (Olginvanna) Ivanovna Milanov and Iovanna Lazovich Lloyd Wright. Restored (above) by Douglas M. Steiner.

   
Wright at 59 (4) (1926)  
Wright at 59. (1926)

Wright arrested in Minnesota. On Wednesday evening, October 20, 1926, Hennepin county deputy sheriffs arrested Wright at a Wildhurst, Lake Minnetonka cottage. When the deputies came to the kitchen door of the cottage Wednesday night they were met by the cook and maid, Miss Viola Meyerhaus. He was brought to the Hennepin county jail, where he was held without charge for Baraboo, Wis., authorities. After arresting Wright, deputies returned to Minnetonka and brought Olga Milanoff and two children to the county jail. (L to R) Miss Viola Meyerhaus, Frank Lloyd Wright and Hennepin county deputy. Possibly seen on the far left behind screen door is Olga Milanoff. (See 1926 article.)

5.5 x 3.75 Print, High res digital image.

0172.05.0310

   
Wright at 59 (5) (1926)  
Wright at 59. (1926)

Wright and Olga leave court, October 21, 1926. Published caption on verso: "F. Lloyd Wright and Olga Released on $12,000 bond. Frank Lloyd Wright, world famed architect, and his companion, Mrs. Olga Milanoff, former Russian dancer, pleaded ‘not guilty’ in Minneapolis court today to Mann act charge lodged against them. After spending a night in jail, the two were released on bonds totalling (miss spelled) $12,500, and the case set for hearing Oct. 30th. The charges against the couple were filed with their discovery in a love nest at Lake Minnetonka, Minn., where they had been living since Sept. 7th while a country wide search was being made for them. CC 65743 Chicago Bureau. (Photo shows L. to R. - A Deputy U.S. Marshal; Olga Milanoff; a police matron; and Frank Lloyd Wright)" Stamped on verso: "From Chicago Bureau. 7 South Dearborn St. Oct 23, 1926."  (See 1926 article.)

5.75 x 4.5 and 8.25 x 6 B&W photographs.

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Wright at 59 (6) (Circa 1926)  
Wright at 59. (Circa 1926)

Frank Lloyd Wright at 59. Circa 1926. Frank Lloyd Wright and unidentified male. Possibly Wright’s attorney. Possibly courthouse in background. Hand written on verso: "Wright being taken to jail." Wright’s second wife, Miriam Noel, harassed him publicly for years. On November 19, 1923, Miriam and Mr. Wright were married in Spring Green, Wisconsin. In May 1924 Miriam walked out of Taliesin. On November 30, 1924 Mr. Wright and Olga met at the Petrograd Ballet in Chicago. She was separated from her husband. In February, 1925. Mr. Wright moved Olgivanna into Taliesin. On November 27, 1925, Miriam filed for a divorce, alleging desertion and cruelty. On December 2, 1925,Olgivanna gives birth to Iovanna Lazovich Lloyd Wright in Chicago. On May 20, 1926, Miriam appears in Madison court room in an efforts to settle divorce, effort failed. On June 3 Miriam attempted to take Taliesin, by storm but failed to get beyond the front gate. In August, Miriam refused to grant divorce and demanded the right to live at Taliesin. She sues Olgivanna. In September the bank foreclosed on Taliesin Mortgage. Wright was arrested at the kitchen door of a Lake Minnetonka cottage on October 21, where he had lived since September 7. Miriam and Frank were finally divorced on August 26, 1927. Wright travels with Olgivanna to Puerto Rico for two months. Miriam arrested in dining room of Madison's Lorain Hotel for mailing Wright an obscene letter. Wright, Olgivanna and children spent Winter of 1927 in rented cottage on beach at La Jolla, CA. In January, 1928, the bank orders Wright out of Taliesin. In July the bank sells Taliesin at sheriff's sale. In January, 1928, Wright heads to Arizona and consults on Arizona Biltmore. In March, 1928, the Wrights move to a cottage in La Jolla, CA. In July, Miriam trashes the Wrights cottage in La Jolla, CA and is arrested. On August 25, Mr. Wright and Olgivanna were married at midnight in Rancho Santa Fe near La Jolla. They honeymooned in Phoenix, Arizona at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. In October, the Wright’s moved back into Taliesin. On January 30, 1930, Miriam Noel Wright passed away at the age of 61. Stamped on verso: "From Chicago Bureau. 7 South Dearborn St."

7.5 x 10 B&W photograph.

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1928
Architect’s Home. LaJolla, Calif. (7/17/28)  
"Architect’s Home. LaJolla, Calif. — Photo shows the home of Architect Wright, smashed by his irate wife. It is on the seashore of an exclusive district of La Jolla, Calif. HA 7/17/28." On November 30, 1924 Frank Lloyd Wright met Olga in Chicago. On November 27, 1925, Miriam, Wright’s third wife files for a divorce, but subsequently reverses her decision and begins hounding him. Meryle Secrest writes "... she took a taxi there and discovered that the back door was unlocked. ‘I went in... and found my own belongings all over the place. I decided to get on the front page of the newspaper and see what effect publicity would have upon the situation. I thought the happy home belong to Frank, so I wrecked the place inside, and as a wreck it was a perfect success.’" Frank Lloyd Wright A Biography, p 340. International Newsreel Photo, Los Angeles Bureau.

Original 7.4 x 4.6 B&W photograph.

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Wedding announcement  
Wedding announcement of Frank Lloyd Wright and Olgivanna Wright, at Rancho Santa Fe, California, 25 August 1928. “Iovanna.  Married, August 25, Rancho Santa Fe, California. Olga Ivanovna, Daughter of Ivan Lazovich and Militza Milan of Gettinje Montenegro, To Frank Lloyd Wright, Son of Anna Lloyd-Jones and William Cary Wright, Taliesin, Wisconsin, 1928.”
       Designed and calligraphed by Wright, then photographically printed on vellum or rice paper and laminated to buff-colored card stock.  A portrait of their daughter Iovanna Lazovich Lloyd Wright at upper left; one portion hand-colored in red (4.5 x 5.5").  Olga and Frank were married on August 25, 1928 at midnight in Rancho Santa Fe near La Jolla.  The ceremony was held one year to the day after Wright’s divorce from Miriam Noel Wright, and almost three years after their daughter Iovanna (shown in the hexagonal portrait) was born (December 2, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois). They honeymooned in Phoenix, Arizona at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel.
       A book was purchased from the daughter of the Melvyn Maxwell Smith Residence (S.287 1946) designed by Wright in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.  The invitation was in the book.
       Published in “Many Masks” Gill, 1987, page 301;  “Frank Lloyd Wright A Biography” Secrest 1992, page 321;  “Frank Lloyd Wright, The Interactive Portfolio” Stipe 2004, page 49 (Facsimile in sleeve); "Frank Lloyd Wright, Complete Works 1917-1942" Pfeiffer 2010, page 181.

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Wright at 61 (1928)  
Wright at 61 (1928)

Frank Lloyd Wright wearing a calf skin coat. While separated from Miriam Noel, Wright met Olgivanna at the Petrograd Ballet in Chicago on Nov 30, 1924. In February 1925 Wright and Olgivanna moved into Taliesin. Miriam filed for divorce on November 27. On December 2, 1925 Iovanna Wright was born. For the next few year Miriam would torment Wright. Divorce was finally finalized on August 26, 1927. In January, 1928, the bank orders Wright out of Taliesin. Wright heads to Arizona and consults on Arizona Biltmore. In March, Frank and Olgivanna move to La Jolla, CA. In July, Miriam trashes Wrights cottage in La Jolla. Taliesin is sold at a sheriff's sale in July. Wrights are finally married on August 25, 1928 at midnight in Rancho Santa Fe near La Jolla. In October, Wright, Olgivanna and children mover back into Taliesin.

10 x 7.5 B&W photograph.

0215.13.0714

   
1930
Wright at 63 (1930)  

Wright at 63.

Portrait of Wright in 1930. Courtesy Library of Congress. Photographed by Price Studios. See Architectural Record, September, 1936, p 179.

Published in "My Father Who is on Earth", Wright, John Lloyd, 1946, page 195, and "Truth Against The World", Meehan, 1987, page 122. image also used in 1932 Poster.

8 x 10 Print, High res digital image.

0249.16.0509

   
Wright at 63 (1930)  
Wright at 63.

Wright at the Art Institute of Chicago, September 24-25, 1930. Wright is looking at a model of the Richard Lloyd Jones Residence (S.227 - 1929). Traveling exhibition entitled "The Show" at the Art Institute of Chicago, September 25 - October 12, 1930. "The Show" exhibited in New York City; Chicago; Eugene, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; several European cities; and Milwaukee’s Layton Gallery. It included 600 photographs, 1,000 drawings and four models (three of which were the Richard Lloyd Jones Residence, Gas Station and St. Marks-in-the-Bouwerie Towers). On October 1 & 2, 1930, Wright delivered two lectures at the Art Institute of Chicago entitled "In the Realm of Ideas" and "To the Young Man in Architecture". These two speeches were published in 1931 as "Two Lectures on Architecture". Clipping pasted to verso: "Back into the Public Eye - Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s most famous architect, who has been some while in retirement, comes back into the public eye with an exhibition of his model buildings at the Art Institute of Chicago. Herald and Examiner photo" Stamped on clipping: "Herald & Exam. Sept 26, 1930". Published in the Herald and Examiner, Chicago, IL. Note: Richard Lloyd Jones was Wright’s Cousin. Second clipping pasted to verso: "Berlin Academy Honors Wright. Berlin, Feb. 1. (AP) - Frank Lloyd Wright, known in the United States for his new school of the Middle Western architecture, has been elected as extraordinary member of the Academy of Arts, Plastic Arts Section. A native of Richland Center, Wisconsin, Wright was architect of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo and numerous buildings of note. In Europe he is known as the originator of the ‘American expression in architecture.’ " Stamped on clipping: "Herald & Exam. Feb 2, 1932." Published in the Herald and Examiner, Chicago, IL. Image restored by Douglas M. Steiner.

Original 8 x 10 B&W print.

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1932
Wright at 65. 1932  
Wright at 65.

Wright in court with apprentices. According to Wright in "An Autobiography", 1943, page 432-3, Wright was struck "violently several times on the back of the head." during the struggle he was kicked "on the bridge of the nose with his boot heel... Blood spurted all over him. ...unknown to me, my boys (four of them) went out after their man, got into his house... the police came and arrested the boys and the assassin. ...they spent a couple nights in the county jail... The boys were paying a fine of several hundred dollars. On the ‘installment plan,’ of course. The Taliesin Fellowship had got off to a very bad start." According to Brendan Gill, "Many Masks", page 332, "...his grievance against Wright was based on the fact that Wright allegedly had long owed his wife money for domestic service at Taliesin - by Wright’s account, he was found guilty, fined, and soon thereafter left town. Clipping pasted to verso: "Architect’s students admit whipping his foe. Rudolph Mock (left), Karl Jansen, Frank Lloyd Wright Portrait, noted architect; Sam Ratensky, and William Peters. The four students at Wright’s trade and craft school at Taliesin, Wis., who are shown here with the architect admitted horsewhipping C. R. Secrest of Madison, Wis., after Secrest had broken Wright’s nose in fight over debt. (Acme Photo.)" Karl Jansen was Wright’s secretary at the time before Gene Masselink replaced him. Stamped on clipping: "Nov 6 - 1932". Stamped on Verso: "Photo by Acme Newspapers, Inc. Chicago Bureau, Tribune Towers, Chicago, ILL. Published in "Many Masks", page 331.

Original 9 x 6.5 B&W photograph.

0361.02.0811

   
Wright at 65. 1932  
Wright at 65.

Published in Scholastic magazine, September 24, 1932 issue. Published by Scholastic Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA.

Article by Frank Lloyd Wright Books That Have Meant Most To Me. I suppose the books one has chosen or has happened to read are important. Everybody makes a more or less natural selection, I should say, notwithstanding suggestions or commands. And the book fodder for which we have a natural taste does most to feed the thing we call ourselves. The Arabian Nights fascinated me as a boy. Aladdin and his wonderful lamp – "imagination" was the lamp as I see now – was one of the tales that never tired me... Includes on portrait of Wright.

 

   
1933
Wright at 66. 1933  
Wright at 66.

Frank Lloyd Wright facing slightly to the right, looking to the left. His left arm is raised, his had in hand. His overcoat is draped over his right arm. He stands in front of wood file cases. Stamped on verso: "Mar 14 1933." and "Photo by Acme Newspictures, Inc. Chicago Bureau, Tribune Tower, Chicago, Ill. Acquired from the achieves of the Chicago Tribune.

8 x 10 B&W photograph.

0370.04.1213

   
1934
Wright at 67 (1934)  

Wright at 67. 

Frank Lloyd Wright Portrait. 

This print was given to Lucian Schlingen Sr. by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1934-35.  This print was purchased from his son.  (Note on back: Return to Taliesin, Spring Green, Wisconsin)

Original 5 x 7 Sepia tone. 

0397.02.0606

   
1935
Wright at 68 (1935)  
Wright at 68.

Portrait of Wright in 1935 by Don Keller, Phoenix Ariz, 4-5-35.

Courtesy Library of Congress.

8 x 10 print. High res digital image.

0397.06.0509

 

   
1936
Wright at 69 (1)(1936)  

Wright at 69. 

Portrait of Wright seated.  His cane is hooked on his left arm, he is holding his hat on his lap.

High res digital 4x5 digital image, 1936.

0404.10.0307

   
Wright at 69 (2) (1936)  

Wright at 69, Olgivanna at 38 (1936)

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lloyd Wright. Frank Lloyd Wright and his wife Olgivanna, seated together reading in the living room at Taliesin. Photographed by Melvin E. Diemer.

Published in "Frank Lloyd Wright Collected Writings", Volume 4, Pfeiffer, 1994, page 121; "Frank Lloyd Wright, His Life and His Architecture", Twombly, 1979, page 289 but dated early 1940s.

4.4 x 6 print. High res digital image.

0404.20.0509

   
Wright at 69 (3) (Circa 1936)  

Wright at 69 (3) Detail (1936)

Wright at 69 (Circa 1936)

Portrait of Wright in Taliesin studio with four apprentices (L to R) Gene Masselink, Ben Dombar, Edgar Tafel and John Howe. (Taken in the mid 1930's.)

Published in "At Taliesin".  Newspaper Columns by Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship 1934-1937, Henning, page 9, dated mid 30's.

7 x 5 Print, High res digital image.

0404.21.0709

   
1937
Wright at 70 (1937)  
Wright at 70 (1937)

Wright at 70, 1937. Wright with group of apprentices at Taliesin. Front row left to right: Benjamin Dombar, Kevin Lynch, Frank Lloyd Wright, James Thomson, Wesley Peters and Robert Mosher. Back row, left to right: Carey Carraway, John Lautner, John Howe, Eugene Masselink, Blaine Drake, Ellis Jacobs, E. Brookins, Herbert Fritz, Burton Goodrich and Edgar Tafel. According to Tafel, it was photographed by Kenn Hedrich, Hedrich Blessing, taken during the preparation for the January 1938 issue of Architectural Forum. Caption on Face: "Architect Frank Lloyd Wright surrounded by apprentices in 1938. This rare photograph is one of 300 in Time Magazine’s anniversary issue; ‘The Amazing 60 Years in History.’ Stamped on verso: "Jul 16 1998".

Published in "Letters to Apprentices", Wright, 1982, page 32; "Architectural Forum", January 1938, page 3.

Original 10 x 8 B&W print.

0429.07.0609

   
Wright at 70 (1937)  

Wright at 70 Detail (1937)

Wright at 70 (1937)

Wright with apprentices at Taliesin. Behind Wright on the left is John Lautner. To his right is Robert Mosher, Edgar Tafel and Wesley Peters. According to Tafel, it was photographed by Kenn Hedrich, Hedrich Blessing, taken during the preparation for the January 1938 issue of Architectural Forum.

Published in “About Wright”  Tafel 1993, page 149. Similar photograph published in "Years With Frank Lloyd Wright, Apprentice to Genius", Tafel, 1979, on the cover of the soft cover version and page 162-163.

7x 5 print. High res digital image.

0429.08.0609

   
Wright at 70 (1937)  
Wright at 70, 1937

Wright with apprentices at Taliesin. Behind Wright on the left is John Lautner. To his right is Robert Mosher, Edgar Tafel and Wesley Peters. According to Tafel, it was photographed by Kenn Hendrich, Hendrich-Blessing, taken during the preparation for the January 1938 issue of Architectural Forum. Similar photograph published in "Years With Frank Lloyd Wright, Apprentice to Genius", Tafel, 1979, on the PB cover and page 162-163. Stamped on verso: "Hendrich-Blessing."

Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

0429.16.0514

   
1938
Wright at 71 (1) (1938)  
Wright at 71. 1938 (published in 1942).

Portrait of Wright by Laura Gilpin. Wright is seated in a chair facing the camera. His right arm is resting on the back of the chair, his finger is resting on the side of his face. He is wearing a suit and tie, holding a cane, with a beret resting atop his knee. A pocket watch hangs from a cord around his neck and is tucked in his breast pocket. This is exactly the same outfit he wore when he visited the construction site of the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel in December, 1938. This print is a photogravure, 5.5 x 6.5 on a page that is 6x 8.5. Text at the bottom: "Frank Lloyd Wright. Laura Gilpin." This is actually a page cut out of "The Complete Photographer", September 20, 1942, page 2376c. The caption reads: "A portrait of a great American architect, taken in 1938. The pose is natural, as is the lighting - and the beret on the knee adds an almost whimsical touch." Gift from Randolph C. Henning.

5.5 x 6.5 on a page that is 6x 8.5. (Full page measures 7 x 10)

0593.06.0913

   
1940
Wright at 73 (1) (1940)  

Wright at 73. 1940.

Portrait by Yousuf Karsh in New York. His left hand is holding a cigarette, his right is in his pocket. "Although seventy-three years of age, he literally breezed into my hotel suite, radiating vitality and charm, and dressed like a fashion plate."

Published in "Faces of Destiny, Portraits by Karsh", Karsh, 1946, pages 158-159.

5.5 x 6.5 print. High res digital image.

0531.22.0509

   
Wright at 73 (2) (1940)  

Wright in his 70s. Olgivanna in her 40s. Circa 1940s (1935-1945).

Frank Lloyd Wright and his wife Olgivanna seated together at Taliesin, she is looking up at him.

5 x 6.25 print. High res digital image.

0531.23.0509

   
Wright at 73 (3) (1940)  
Wright at 73 (1940)
   
Wright in his 70s (4) (Early 1940s)  
Wright in his 70s (Early 1940s)

“Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin, Spring Green, Wisconsin. 11195-F"

Early 1940s at Taliesin.  Back: All rights reserved - The L. L. Cook Co., Milwaukee.

Real Photo Postcard. 3.4 x 5.4.

0531.21.1007

   
1941
Wright at 74 (1941)  
Wright at 74. 1941.

Clipping pasted on verso: "Frank Lloyd Wright. London, Jan. 2, - (AP) - Award of the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture to Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect was approved yesterday by King George. Wright, who designed the Imperial hotel in Tokyo and other noteworthy structure, makes his home at ‘Taliesin," an estate at Spring Green, Wis." For more information see Architectural Forum, February 1941, Pencil Points, March 1941, and Architectural Forum, August 1941. Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Original 7 x 9 B&W print.

0571.05.1210

   
Wright at 74 (1941)  
Wright at 74. Circa 1941.

Wright is wearing the same suite, tie and eye glasses as the 1941 London photograph. Wright is facing right, holding a scarf in his left hand, his right is resting on his knee. His suit coat is buttoned, his eyeglasses are hanging around his neck on a cord. Scotch Pine are visible in the background. Gift from Randolph C. Henning.

Original 4x 5 B&W photograph.

0571.06.0913

   
1945
Wright at 78 (1945)  

Wright at 78.

Portrait of Wright in 1945, crossing his arms. Photographed by Blackstone Studios at Taliesin on July 20, 1945. Courtesy Blackstone Studios,

4.5 x 5.75 print. High res digital image.

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1Wright at 78 (1945)  
Wright at 78. 1945.

Frank Lloyd Wright speaks to women’s club. Wright looking to the left. He is wearing a three piece suit, his eyeglasses, hanging from a gold chain are setting in his breast pocket. Clipping taped to verso: "Main street is outmoded in American cities, said Frank Lloyd Wright, famed architect who spoke at Women’s Club Tuesday. He is shown telling Mrs. J. Frank Fraser that irrational, unexpressive, unimaginative examples of‘ 'tory minded architecture’ has resulted from lack of originality in American education." Stamped on clipping "Dec 5 1945." Note: it was reported on December 5, 1945 in the Racine Journal Times, that Wright spoke at the Women’s Club in Minneapolis on Tuesday (December 4, 1945), page 4. Stamped on verso "Nov 14." Original photograph is cut, overlapped, and glued. Restored by Douglas M. Steiner.

Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

0647.23.0514

   
1946
Wright at 79 (1946)  
Wright at 79. 1946.

Portrait of Wright glancing to the left, wearing a three-piece suit. His left hand is under his chin. We have seen a copy of this print inscribed "Taliesin, August 18, 1946.

4.75 x 6. High Res digital image.

Published in "The Fellowship", Friedland, Zellman, 2006, page 356.

0685.06.0609

   
1947
Wright at 80 (1947)  

Wright at 80. 1947.

Portrait of Wright by Arnold Newman. Wright is seated at a table with architectural plans, drawing pencil and glasses in his right hand. A drawing of the Huntington Hartford Sports Club Project, Hollywood, CA (1947) is on the wall behind him.

7.5 x 6 print. High res digital image.

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1949
Wright at 82 (1949)  
Wright at 82, March 1949.

Wright receives A.I.A. Gold Metal. The A.I.A.’s decision is a follow-up of its convention resolution in 1948 that the next Gold Medal should go to Wright. The resolution was prompted by a group of A.I.A.’s younger members. This was the first time the Institute had given its highest honor to a non-member. Wright presented Gold Metal by A.I.A. President Douglas William Orr, at A.I.A.’s annual convention held Houston, March, 1949. Typed on verso: "Frank Lloyd Wright (left) and Douglas Orr..." Stamped on verso: "International News Photo, New York. Mar 22, 1949".

Published in L'Architecture D’Aujourd’Hui - No 24, June 1949, page V.

Original 7 x 10 B&W photograph.

0771.01.0911

   
Wright at 82 (1949)  
Wright at 82, 1949.

Frank Lloyd Wright and Pedro E. Guerrero

Frank Lloyd Wright and Pedro E. Guerrero (September 5, 1917 - September 13, 2012), Pleasantville, New York, 1949. Guerrero was with Frank Lloyd Wright at the Usonian Cooperative in Pleasantville, NY, photographing the progress of three homes. He began photographing Wright’s work in 1939, and continues until Wright’s death. Photographed by Keneji Domoto, an architect and former apprentice. Published in "Picturing Wright", Guerrero, 1994, p.12 and "Pedro E. Guerrero", Guerrero, 2007, p.6.

8 x 10 B&W photograph.

0798.14.0714

   
Wright at 82 (1949)  
Wright at 82, 1949.

Portrait of Wright facing camera by Valentino Sarra.

Published in "Saturday Review" September 3, 1949, page 21 (flipped). Also published on the cover of "A Testament", Wright, 1957. (Note: Valentino Sarra also photographed the cover of "Time", January 17, 1938.)

8.1 x 10. Original B&W photograph.

0798.09.1109

   
Wright at 82 (1949)  
Wright at 82, 1949. 

Photographed in New York City, Nov. 2, 1949.  Stamp on back also indicated that this photo was published Jun 3, 1951 and Dec 6, 1953. 

Published in "Frank Lloyd Wright - A Visual Encyclopedia" 1999 Thomson, page 10 and 341.

Original 5 x 7 silver gelatin photo. 

0760.01.0706

   
Olgivanna at 51 (1949)  
Mrs. Frank Lloyd Wright (at 51).  

Helen Morrison Photographer.  Hedrich-Blessing owned the rights to the negative, but were not the photographers.  Verso: “Reprinted by Hedrich-Blessing.  (Not a Hedrich-Blessing Photograph).  Negative Number 44206". 

Published in “About Wright”  Tafel 1993, page 297, dated 1949;  "An Autobiography" Wright 1977, page 320, dated 1945 (see page 619, Photographers' Credits).

Original 8 x 10 silver gelatin photo.

0798.06.0906

   
Wright in the late 1940s  

Frank Lloyd Wright in a White Suit, photographed in the late 40s. 

Silver gelatin publicity photograph made for an exhibition at the Kelmscott Gallery, Chicago, held in early 1980s. 

This is from an original, silver gelatin photograph, circa 1940s with Wright's signature on the image lower left hand corner of the print.  Photographer unknown. 

8 x 10 Print

0798.07.1206

   
1950
Wright at 83 (1950)  
Wright at 83. (1950) (Brandoch approximate age 8).

Wright and grandson, Brandoch Peters. His parents were architect William Wesley Peters and Svetlana Hinzenburg, Wright’s adopted daughter from Olgivanna’s previous marriage. In 1946 when Brandoch was four years old, his mother Svetlana and brother Daniel, were killed in an automobile accident at Taliesin in 1946. The Wrights helped raise Brandoch and raised him as their own. He grew up at Taliesin at his grandfather's side. The verso is stamped "Edgar L. Obma, A.P.S.A. Master of Photography. Dodgeville, Wisconsin." (Note: Obma Studio opened in Dodgeville on March 1, 1941 after Edgar and his wife Elizabeth purchased the former Letcher Studio. They were married for 38 years. He passed away on January 31, 1976, she on October 5, 2002.) (See Obma Article)

Similar photograph (coat and tie) "Frank Lloyd Wright speaks on The Mile-High Building"

Gift from Randolph C. Henning. 8 x 10 print, High res digital image.

0831.18.0709

   
Wright at 83 (1950)  
Wright at 83. (1950)

Studio portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright in suit and tie, facing forward, looking slightly to the left. Photographed by Edgar L. Obma, Dodgeville, Wisconsin. Possibly photographed at the same time as portrait of Wright and Brandoch Peters. (We have verified a copy of this photograph that is dated August 24, 1950.) Press photograph for exhibition at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., opening July 1, 1988. Label taped to verso: "Exhibition: ‘Frank Lloyd Wright: In the Realm of Idea’, an exhibition that explores the ideas and achievements of architectural theorist, designer and educator Frank Lloyd Wright..." (Note: Obma Studio opened in Dodgeville on March 1, 1941 after Edgar and his wife Elizabeth purchased the former Letcher Studio. They were married for 38 years. He passed away on January 31, 1976, she on October 5, 2002.)

Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

0831.24.0811

   
Wright at 83 (1950)  
Wright at 83. (1950)

Wright at 63 and 83, 1930 and 1950. UPI Caption: "4/9/59 - Phoenix, Arizona: Frank Lloyd Wright, 89, dean of American architects, died 4/9 in St. Joseph’s Hospital here. Wright underwent an operation 4/6. He is shown her in 1926 (1930) photo (top) and 1950 photo (bottom). UPI Telephoto/Files." 1930 photograph published in "My Father Who is on Earth", Wright 1946, page 195, and "Truth Against The World", Meehan, 1987, page 122. Also used in the 1932 Poster. Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Tribune.

Original 7 x 9.2 B&W Print.

0249.21.0910 (1930)
0831.22.0910 (1950)
   
Wright in his 80s. (Circa 1950)  
Wright in his 80s (Circa 1950)

Wright in his 80s, Circa 1950s. Frank Lloyd Wright walking in the garden at Taliesin, Spring Green. Wright walking to the right. Wearing a suit and tie, overcoat, scarf and hat, a cane is in his right hand.

Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

0831.27.0612

   
1951
Wright at 84 (1951)  

Wright at 84 (1951)

Publicity photograph. Verso: Stamped May 7, 1951.  Will speak in Detroit 8 p.m. May 14th.

8 x 10 Print, High res digital image.

   
Wright at 84 (Circa 1951)  
Wright at 84 (Circa 1951)

Portrait of Wright, seated, facing right, looking at camera.

Original 11.75 x 16.5 B&W photograph.

0857.08.0113

   
Wright at 84 (1951)  
Wright at 84 (1951)

Wright and Anne Baxter, Wright’s Academy Award winning Granddaughter. Both are looking to the right. Published in "Frank Lloyd Wright in New York," Hession; Pickrel, 2007, p. 23.

8 x 10 B&W photograph.

0857.16.0614

   
Wright at 84 (1951)  
Wright at 84 (1951)

B) Top Right: Wright at 84, 1951. Wright in drafting room, Taliesin West in 1951. Photographed by Ezra Stoller. Similar image in "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West", Stoller, 1999, p 8. Montage of four portraits of Frank Lloyd Wright. Stamped on verso: "Nov 9 1998". Three copies.

Original 3.75 x 4.75 B&W photograph.

0857.06.0911, 0857.07.0911, 0857.09.0213

   
Wright at 84 (1951)  

Wright at 84 (1951)
   
1952
Wright at 85 (1952)  

Wright at 85 (1952)

Frank Lloyd Wright seated outside, in a chair, a cane propped against his leg, gesturing with his hand. World Wide Photo.

Original 6.25 x 9 B&W photograph.

0910.19.1210

 

   
Wright at 85 (1952)  
Wright at 85 (1952)

Wright at 85. 1952. Wright and Olgivanna relaxing during a Sunday afternoon picnic June 8, 1952. Press photo for "Frank Lloyd Wright", a film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. "Frank Lloyd Wright and his Third Wife, Olgivanna Milanov Hinzenberg Wright, June 8, 1952. While Wright managed to forge an innovative harmony in his works, his personal life was tangle of scandal and chaos. Scarred by the murder of a mistress and the breakup of his first marriage, Wright was in the midst of a bitter separation from his second wife when he met 26 -year-old Olgivanna, who was less than half his age. Intelligent and focused, Olgivanna was the driving force in Wright’s later years, urging him to lecture and write, and later, to set up the Taliesin Fellowship program."

Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

0910.23.1112

   
Wright at 85 (1952)  
Wright at 85 (1952)

Wright seated in a chair, his legs are folded, holding a book on his lap. Stamped on verso: Nov 23 1952. Caption pasted to verso: "Father of Modern Architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright. The city is dated and the trend is toward decentralization."

Original 6 x 9 B&W photograph.

0910.22.0811

   
Wright at 85 (1952)?  
Wright at 85 (1952)?

Wright mid 80s, Early 1950, Circa 1952? Frank Lloyd Wright facing the camera, looking slightly to the right. "Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect, June 9, 1869 - April 9, 1959. International Portrait Gallery. Gale Research Co. - Book Tower - Detroit - 1968.

8.5 x 11, portrait 6 x 8.

0910.26.0414

   
Wright at 85 (1952)  

Wright at 85 Detail (1952)

Wright at 85 (1952)
   
1953
Wright at 86 (1953)  

Wright at 86. 1953.

Portrait of Wright seated behind his drafting table at Taliesin. Photographed on June 8, 1953 by James Roy Miller shortly before his birthday party.

Published in "Truth Against The World", Meehan, 1987, page 230. Courtesy of the Ryerson & Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

8 x 6.75 Print. High res digital image.

0987.30.0509

   
Wright at 86 (1953)  
Wright at 86 (Circa 1953)

Frank Lloyd Wright on the street in New York City.

Facing toward the right, looking at the camera. Wearing a porkpie hat and suit. Overcoat is draped over his right arm, he is holding his cane in his right hand. His glasses are in his breast pocket. Photograph by Halley Erskine. Published in "Frank Lloyd Wright in New York", Hession; Pickrel, 2007, p.123.

8 x 10 B&W photograph.

0987.66.0714

   
Wright at 86 (1953)  
Wright at 86 (Circa 1953)

Wright at 86 (Circa 1953). Mr. Wright facing right. Clipping pasted on verso, (Stamped Oct 17 1957): "Architect Frank Lloyd Wright... will join five businessmen in the forum at 2 p.m. Oct. 30, in the Museum of Science and Industry. ‘Today, Chicago is launching a billion-dollar rebuilding program,’ said Edward L. Logelin, chairman of the Chicago Dynamic Committee. ‘Each of us is affected by the way our cities build, so it is vital that forums such as ours bring together the men who know, to give us direction,’ he said." Includes photograph. Second clipping of photo only stamped Nov 8, 1957. Third clipping pasted on verso, (Stamped Apr 11 1959): "The word nonconformist might have been invented to describe Frank Lloyd Wright. Both in his profession and in his personal life he defied convention at every turn. He had no doubt that he was the world’s greatest architect, and once said so in court. Twitted about his conceit, he retorted, ‘Well, I was under oath, wasn’t I?’ Not everyone agreed with Wright’s estimate of himself. From first to last he carried on a running battle with his fellow architects. In the cases where his competitors finally came reluctantly..." Published in 1953 on the back cover of "The Future of Architecture". Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Daily News.

Original 8 x 10 B&W print and 4x5 B&W negative.

0987.34.1010, 0987.44.0413

   
Wright at 86 (1953)  
Wright at 86 (Circa 1953)

Mr. Wright facing right. Produced in 1960 as a promotion. "Frank Lloyd Wright: Writings and Buildings, the first compilation containing the full range of Wright’s thinking, will be published simultaneously on June 15 by Meridian Books as a paperback and Horizon Press in hard covers. Along with 150 photographs and drawings, editors Edgar Kaufmann and Ben Raeburn have included the first complete list of 500 Wright-executed structures keyed to a map of America."

Published on the back cover of "The Future of Architecture", Wright, 1953. Also published in "Sixty Years of Living Architecture. The Work of Frank Lloyd Wright", Wright, 1954, inside front cover; "An American Architecture", Wright, 1955, Back cover and page 2; "Frank Lloyd Wright Selects the Taliesin Palette in Martin-Senour Paints", Martin-Senour Company, 1955, Cover (image flopped horizontally).

Original B&W photograph. 5 x 7.2.

0987.31.1209

   
Wright at 86 (1953)  
Wright at 86 (1953)

C) Bottom Left: Wright at 86, 1953. Frank Lloyd Wright at drafting table with a large image of the V.C. Morris Gift Shop (S.310 - 1948) in the background. Photographed by John Engstead. Published on the cover of "Frank Lloyd Wright Decorative Designs Collection", 1990. Montage of four portraits of Frank Lloyd Wright. Stamped on verso: "Nov 9 1998". Three copies.

Original 3.75 x 4.75 B&W photograph.

0857.06.0911, 0857.07.0911, 0857.09.0213

   
Wright at 86 (1953)  
Wright at 86 (1953)

Wright at 86. 1953. Portrait of Wright seated behind his drafting table at Taliesin. Photographed by Guerrero. Caption: "Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright in his private study at Taliesin". Published in "Picturing Wright", Guerrero, 1994, pages 62-63. Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Tribune.

Original 10 x 8.8 B&W Print.

0987.33.0910

   
1954
Wright at 87 (1954)  

Wright at 87.

Head and shoulders portrait, facing left. Photographed in 1954 by Al Ravenna photographer.  Courtesy of the Library of Congress. 

4.5 x 6 Print. High-res digital image.

0998.02.0706

   
Wright at 87 (1954)  
Wright at 87 (1954)

D) Bottom Right: Wright at 87, 1954. Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright, facing right, looking to the left. Photographed by Al Ravenna. Original 3.75 x 4.75 B&W photograph. Montage of four portraits of Frank Lloyd Wright. Stamped on verso: "Nov 9 1998". Three copies.

Original 3.75 x 4.75 B&W photograph.

0857.06.0911, 0857.07.0911, 0857.09.0213

 

   
Wright at 87 (1954)  
Wright at 87 (1954)

Frank Lloyd Wright speaks at Northwestern University. Label on verso: "Chicago Sun-Times. Date: 5/17/54. Photographer: Mann. Title: Frank Lloyd Wright speaks at N.U. Desc: L.to R.: Mrs. George Haight, Pres. of the University Guild, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mr. Arthur Bohnen, Art chairman." Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Sun Times.

Original 10x8 B&W print.

1045.12.0310

   
Wright at 87 (1954)  
Wright at 87 (1954)

Wright attends the wedding of his daughter Iovanna, to Arthur Pieper (1953 - S.349) at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, 1121 Leavitt Street in Chicago on June 18, 1954. Iovanna's second marriage. Label on verso: "Chicago Sun-Times. Date: 6/18/54. Photographer: Lyon. Title: Social Wedding. 1121 Leavitt. Mr and Mrs Frank Lloyd Wright." Holy Trinity Cathedral was designed by Louis Sullivan and constructed in 1903, ten years after Wright left Sullivan’s office. Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Sun Times.

Original 8 x 10 B&W print.

1045.11.0310

   
Wright at 87 (1954)  

Wright at 87 (1954)

Portrait of Wright in 1954, leaning against a doorway, holding hat, other hand in pocket.

Photographed by Berenice Abbott, 50 Commerce Street, New York 14, N.Y. Stamped July 13, 1954 on verso.

4.5 x 5.75 Print. High res digital image.

1045.10.0509

   
Wright at 87 (1954)  
Wright at 87 (1954)

Portrait of Wright in 1954, leaning against a doorway, holding his hat in his left hand, his right hand thumb inserted in his suit pocket.

Photographed by Berenice Abbott. Photographed in July, 1954.

Original 11 x 14 photograph.

1045.17.0912

   
Wright at 87 (1954)  
Wright at 87 (1954)

11/11/54 Associated Press. Caption on back: "Feuding with Wisconsin. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, shown in a New York Hotel, Nov 11, said he is leaving his native Wisconsin because state authorities place "Money before merit". Wright cited a state supreme court ruling that his studio home architectural school, Taliesin, is not an educational institution in the meaning of Wisconsin state law and so is subject to taxation." 

Original 8 x 10 silver gelatin photo.

1045.14.1202

   
Wright at 87 (1954)  

Wright at 87 (1954)

Wright at 87. 1954. Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright, face turned slightly to the right, looking straight into the camera. Typed on verso: "Wright, Frank Lloyd 11-13-54".  Acquired from the archives of the Associated Press.

Original 4.6 x 6.25 B&W print.

1045.15.1110

   
Wright at 87 (1954)  

Wright at 87 (1954)
   
Wright at 87 (1954)  
Wright at 87 (1954)

“Frank Lloyd Wright, 1954." Photograph by Yousuf Karsh.

(Published by Fotofolio, New York, F124)

Postcard 6 x 4.25.

1990.50.0806

   
1955
Wright at 88 (1955)  

Wright at 88 (1955)

Wright plays piano before Monona Terrace Testimonial Banquet.

Caption on face: "Madison, Wis. Feb. 11 – Versatile Genius – Frank Lloyd Wright, renowned architect, relaxes at piano before Feb. 10 testimonial dinner when he was given $10,000 to help pay taxes on his studio-home at Spring Green, Wis. Wright said he plans to stay in Wisconsin, not move away and he threatened last fall when tax case came to fore. (AP Wirephoto) 1955." Stamped on verso: Associated Press Wirephoto". Stamped on verso: "Feb 14 1955".

Original 7.5 x 10 B&W photograph.

1092.43.0911

   
Wright at 88 (1955)  

Wright at 88 (1955)

“Wright and apprentices at the Hillside Drafting Room in 1955.” Unknown Photographer.  Photographed in 1955, printed in 1998 as part of the press kit for the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick film “Frank Lloyd Wright”.  Seated, from left to right, John Howe of Illinois;  Frank Lloyd Wright; Wright's grandson Eric Lloyd Wright of California; Wes Peters of Indiana and John Amarantides of Michigan. First five standing from left to right, Mark Heyman of New York; Gene Masselink of Michigan; Raja Aederi of Kashmir; John Watson or James Pfefferkorn and Alan Wool. Standing just to the right of Wright: Ling Po of China; David Dodge of England; Tom Casey of California and Donald Brown of Vermont.  Standing to the right of Eric Wright: Stephen Oyakawa of Hawaii and Kenneth Lockhart of Iowa.  Original silver gelatin photo.  See “Letters to Apprentices” Wright 1982, Page 106 for a similar image. Similar image published in "Letters to Apprentices", Wright, 1982, page 106.

8x10

1092.12.1006

   
Wright at 88 (Circa 1955)  
Wright at 88 (Circa 1955)

Frank Lloyd Wright in the drafting Room, Taliesin, Spring Green, Wisconsin. Facing and looking to the right. Detail of the truss support is to the right. The center drawing on his left is possibly the Tracy Residence (1954-5 - S.389). The drawing of the Price Tower (1952 - S.355) is on his right. See "Story of the Tower" page 22.

Two original 14 x 11 B&W photographs.

1092.49.0113

   
Wright at 88 (1955)  

Wright at 88 (1955)
   
Date: Circa 1955

Title: Wright and apprentices, circa 1955.

Description:  William Wesley Peters (left), Frank Lloyd Wright and possibly Gene Masselink (right) at the Hillside Drafting Room, Taliesin Spring Green. Photographed by John Engstead.

Size: 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 1092.72.0714

   
Wright at 88 (1955)  
Wright at 88. (1955) 

Wright visits the Capital Building in 1955. 

Limited edition 8.5 x 11 print from digital negatives on satin semi gloss Semisatinado paper. 

4/100.  2007. 

8.5 x 11.

1092.13.0307

   
Wright at 88 (1955)  
Wright at 88. (Circa 1955) 

Published in the Chicago Tribune, Sep 28, 1973. "Frank Lloyd Wright prized the individual and the environment long before either was in vogue. A legend even in his own time, Wright is reemerging as a practical example for the 70s. Some 1,000 designs have made an indelible mark on the look - and the outlook of the 20th century. Instinctively, he has measured the social, behavioral, and moral dimensions of architecture." Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Tribune.

Original 5 x 7 B&W print.

1092.37.0910

 

   
Wright at 88 (Circa 1955)  
Wright at 88 (Circa 1955)

Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright facing the camera, looking slightly to the left. Wearing a suite and tie, a porkpie hat and scarf. He is holding glasses in his right hand, his cane is draped over his left arm.

8 x 9.5 B&W photograph.

1092.71.0714

   
1956
Wright at 89 (1) (July 1956)  

Wright at 89.

Portrait of Wright in 1956. Passport photograph of Wright seated, cane hooked on his arm. Photographed by Reierson Studio on July 10, 1956.

Courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

4 x 6 Print, High res digital image.

1147.13.0509

   
Wright at 89 (2) (July 1956)  

Wright at 89.

Portrait of Wright in 1956. Passport photograph of Wright, light background. Photographed by Reierson Studio on July 10, 1956.

Courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

4.25 x 6 Print, High res digital image.

1147.14.0509

   
Wright at 89 (3) (July 1956)  

Wright at 89

Portrait of Wright in 1956. Passport photograph of Wright seated, holding a cane in his right hand, a hat in his left. Photographed by Reierson Studio on July 10, 1956.

Courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

   
Wright at 89 (4), Olgivanna at 59 (July 1956)  

Wright at 89, Olgivanna at 59

Portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Wright in 1956. Passport photograph, light background. Photographed by Reierson Studio on July 10, 1956.

Courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Similar image published in "Frank Lloyd Wright, His Life, His Work, His Words", Wright, page 2.

   
Wright at 89 (5) (July 1956)  

Wright at 89 (July 1956)
   

Wright at 89. (1956) Photographed at Taliesin possibly in May. Alfred Eisenstaedt writes in Time Magazine (June 11, 1956, page 17) and Modern Photography that "I shall always remember my assignment to photograph Frank Lloyd Wright. It was done under such rushed, almost impossible conditions." He had just photographed Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and Dr. Jacques Maritain in Princeton, N.J. early in the day. He rushed back to his office. Caught a plane to Madison arriving a midnight. Had a few hours of sleep, and rushed to Taliesin to photograph Wright the next day. He was only at Taliesin for two hours. All were shot within 45 minutes and with three rolls of film. This is just one of the many images photographed that day. An in depth article describing his photo shoot at Taliesin is published in Modern Photography, September 1957, pages 52-57, 110-112.

Wright at 89 (6a) (1956)  
Wright at 89 (1956)

Wright is looking directly into the camera. His right hand is holding his cane, his left hand is resting on top. Photographed at Taliesin possibly in May. Alfred Eisenstaedt writes in Time Magazine (June 11, 1956, page 17) and Modern Photography that "I shall always remember my assignment to photograph Frank Lloyd Wright. It was done under such rushed, almost impossible conditions." He had just photographed Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and Dr. Jacques Maritain in Princeton, N.J. early in the day. He rushed back to his office. Caught a plane to Madison arriving a midnight. Had a few hours of sleep, and rushed to Taliesin to photograph Wright the next day. He was only at Taliesin for two hours. All were shot within 45 minutes and with three rolls of film. This is just one of the many images photographed that day. An in depth article describing his photo shoot at Taliesin is published in Modern Photography, September 1957, pages 52-57, 110-112.

Photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Courtesy Time/Life Magazines.

7.5 x 10 print. High res digital image.

1147.16.0609

   
Wright at 89 (6b) (1956)  
Wright at 89 (1956)

Wright is looking directly into the camera, a pleasant smile on his face. His left hand is resting on top of his cane. Photographed at Taliesin possibly in May. Alfred Eisenstaedt writes in Time Magazine (June 11, 1956, page 17) and Modern Photography that "I shall always remember my assignment to photograph Frank Lloyd Wright. It was done under such rushed, almost impossible conditions." He had just photographed Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and Dr. Jacques Maritain in Princeton, N.J. early in the day. He rushed back to his office. Caught a plane to Madison arriving a midnight. Had a few hours of sleep, and rushed to Taliesin to photograph Wright the next day. He was only at Taliesin for two hours. All were shot within 45 minutes and with three rolls of film. This is just one of the many images photographed that day. An in depth article describing his photo shoot at Taliesin is published in Modern Photography, September 1957, pages 52-57, 110-112.

Photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Courtesy Time/Life Magazines.

8 x 10 print. High res digital image.

1147.17.0609

   
Wright at 89 (6c) (1956)  
Wright at 89 (1956)

Wright is leaning against a doorway. He is wearing a hat, looking off to the left, holding his cane in his left hand. Alfred had suggested he pick his favorite cane. Photographed at Taliesin possibly in May. Alfred Eisenstaedt writes in Time Magazine (June 11, 1956, page 17) and Modern Photography that "I shall always remember my assignment to photograph Frank Lloyd Wright. It was done under such rushed, almost impossible conditions." He had just photographed Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and Dr. Jacques Maritain in Princeton, N.J. early in the day. He rushed back to his office. Caught a plane to Madison arriving a midnight. Had a few hours of sleep, and rushed to Taliesin to photograph Wright the next day. He was only at Taliesin for two hours. All were shot within 45 minutes and with three rolls of film. This is just one of the many images photographed that day. An in depth article describing his photo shoot at Taliesin is published in Modern Photography, September 1957, pages 52-57, 110-112.

Photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Published in Modern Photography, September 1957, pages 54. Courtesy Time/Life Magazines.

7.75 x 10 print. High res digital image.

1147.18.0609

   
Wright at 89 (6d) (1956)  
Wright at 89 (1956)

At Eisenstaedt’s suggestion, Wright sits down at his desk to read his mail. "As he reads his mail, Wright loosed consciousness of the camera". Photographed at Taliesin possibly in May. Alfred Eisenstaedt writes in Time Magazine (June 11, 1956, page 17) and Modern Photography that "I shall always remember my assignment to photograph Frank Lloyd Wright. It was done under such rushed, almost impossible conditions." He had just photographed Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and Dr. Jacques Maritain in Princeton, N.J. early in the day. He rushed back to his office. Caught a plane to Madison arriving a midnight. Had a few hours of sleep, and rushed to Taliesin to photograph Wright the next day. He was only at Taliesin for two hours. All were shot within 45 minutes and with three rolls of film. This is just one of the many images photographed that day. An in depth article describing his photo shoot at Taliesin is published in Modern Photography, September 1957, pages 52-57, 110-112.

Photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Published in Modern Photography, September 1957, pages 54. Courtesy Time/Life Magazines.

7.75 x 10 print. High res digital image.

1147.19.0609

   
Wright at 89 (6e) (1956)  
Wright at 89 (1956)

Wright is seated at his desk. He is reading a copy of "Florida Southern College, Lakeland. The Frank Lloyd Wright Campus." Photographed at Taliesin possibly in May. Alfred Eisenstaedt writes in Time Magazine (June 11, 1956, page 17) and Modern Photography that "I shall always remember my assignment to photograph Frank Lloyd Wright. It was done under such rushed, almost impossible conditions." He had just photographed Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and Dr. Jacques Maritain in Princeton, N.J. early in the day. He rushed back to his office. Caught a plane to Madison arriving a midnight. Had a few hours of sleep, and rushed to Taliesin to photograph Wright the next day. He was only at Taliesin for two hours. All were shot within 45 minutes and with three rolls of film. This is just one of the many images photographed that day. An in depth article describing his photo shoot at Taliesin is published in Modern Photography, September 1957, pages 52-57, 110-112.

Photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Published in Modern Photography, September 1957, pages 54. Courtesy Time/Life Magazines.

Wright is reading  copy of "Florida Southern College, Lakeland: The Frank Lloyd Wright Campus". A reprinted article about the campus from the September 1952 Architectural Forum.

7.6 x 10 print. High res digital image.

1147.20.0609

   
Wright at 89 (6f) (1956)  
Wright at 89 (1956)

(Published by Time Inc., Fotofolio, New York, P41) Time Inc.

“Frank Lloyd Wright, 1956." Life Photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt. 

Alfred Eisenstaedt writes in Time Magazine (June 11, 1956, page 17) and Modern Photography that "I shall always remember my assignment to photograph Frank Lloyd Wright. It was done under such rushed, almost impossible conditions." He had just photographed Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and Dr. Jacques Maritain in Princeton, N.J. early in the day. He rushed back to his office. Caught a plane to Madison arriving a midnight. Had a few hours of sleep, and rushed to Taliesin to photograph Wright the next day. He was only at Taliesin for two hours. All were shot within 45 minutes and with three rolls of film. This is just one of the many images photographed that day. An in depth article describing his photo shoot at Taliesin is published in Modern Photography, September 1957, pages 52-57, 110-112.

4.25 x 6 Postcard:  1990.49.0706

5 x 7 B&W photograph of 1990 postcard (Halftone dot pattern). Date stamped on verso: "Jul 16 1992". Caption pasted on verso: "The life of architect Frank Lloyd Wright gets an operatic treatment in ‘Shining Brow’ next April."

1147.45.1110

   
Wright at 89 (6g) (1956)  
Wright at 89 (1956)

Wright is looking directly at the camera. His head is turned slightly to the left. Photographed at Taliesin possibly in May. Alfred Eisenstaedt writes in Time Magazine (June 11, 1956, page 17) and Modern Photography that "I shall always remember my assignment to photograph Frank Lloyd Wright. It was done under such rushed, almost impossible conditions." He had just photographed Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and Dr. Jacques Maritain in Princeton, N.J. early in the day. He rushed back to his office. Caught a plane to Madison arriving a midnight. Had a few hours of sleep, and rushed to Taliesin to photograph Wright the next day. He was only at Taliesin for two hours. All were shot within 45 minutes and with three rolls of film. This is just one of the many images photographed that day. An in depth article describing his photo shoot at Taliesin is published in Modern Photography, September 1957, pages 52-57, 110-112.

Photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Published in Time Magazine, June 11, 1956, page 61; Modern Photography, September 1957, pages 53 and 55. Courtesy Time/Life Magazines.

7 x 10 print. High res digital image.

1147.21.0609

   
Wright at 89 (6h) (1956)  
Wright at 89 (1956)

Wright is seated at a drawing table, framed by the gabled beams. Wright is engrossed in his work. Photographed at Taliesin possibly in May. Alfred Eisenstaedt writes in Time Magazine (June 11, 1956, page 17) and Modern Photography that "I shall always remember my assignment to photograph Frank Lloyd Wright. It was done under such rushed, almost impossible conditions." He had just photographed Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and Dr. Jacques Maritain in Princeton, N.J. early in the day. He rushed back to his office. Caught a plane to Madison arriving a midnight. Had a few hours of sleep, and rushed to Taliesin to photograph Wright the next day. He was only at Taliesin for two hours. All were shot within 45 minutes and with three rolls of film. This is just one of the many images photographed that day. An in depth article describing his photo shoot at Taliesin is published in Modern Photography, September 1957, pages 52-57, 110-112.

Photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Published in Modern Photography, September 1957, pages 56. Courtesy Time/Life Magazines.

7.5 x 10 print. High res digital image.

1147.22.0609

   
Wright at 89 (6i) (1956)  
Wright at 89 (1956)

Wright is seated at a drawing table, engrossed in his work. He is wearing a pair of glassed. A pencil is in his right hand. The fireplace is in the background to the far right. Photographed at Taliesin possibly in May. Alfred Eisenstaedt writes in Time Magazine (June 11, 1956, page 17) and Modern Photography that "I shall always remember my assignment to photograph Frank Lloyd Wright. It was done under such rushed, almost impossible conditions." He had just photographed Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and Dr. Jacques Maritain in Princeton, N.J. early in the day. He rushed back to his office. Caught a plane to Madison arriving a midnight. Had a few hours of sleep, and rushed to Taliesin to photograph Wright the next day. He was only at Taliesin for two hours. All were shot within 45 minutes and with three rolls of film. This is just one of the many images photographed that day. An in depth article describing his photo shoot at Taliesin is published in Modern Photography, September 1957, pages 52-57, 110-112.

Photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt. A similar pose is published in Modern Photography, September 1957, pages 56-57. Courtesy Time/Life Magazines.

7.6 x 10 print. High res digital image.

1147.23.0609

   
Wright at 89 (6j) (1956)  
Wright at 89 (1956)

Wright is seated behind a drawing table, looking directly at the camera with a slight smile on his face. His arms are crossed and to the right one of his assistants is working on the drawing, (possibly Davey Davidson, see Look Magazine, September 17, 1957, page 31). Shelves are in the background. Photographed at Taliesin possibly in May. Alfred Eisenstaedt writes in Time Magazine (June 11, 1956, page 17) and Modern Photography that "I shall always remember my assignment to photograph Frank Lloyd Wright. It was done under such rushed, almost impossible conditions." He had just photographed Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and Dr. Jacques Maritain in Princeton, N.J. early in the day. He rushed back to his office. Caught a plane to Madison arriving a midnight. Had a few hours of sleep, and rushed to Taliesin to photograph Wright the next day. He was only at Taliesin for two hours. All were shot within 45 minutes and with three rolls of film. This is just one of the many images photographed that day. An in depth article describing his photo shoot at Taliesin is published in Modern Photography, September 1957, pages 52-57, 110-112.

Photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Courtesy Time/Life Magazines.

7.5 x 10 print. High res digital image.

1147.24.0609

   
Wright at 89 (6k) (1956)  
Wright at 89 (1956)

Wright is seated behind a drawing table, looking directly at the camera with a slight smile on his face. His arms are crossed. One of his assistants hands can be seen on the right. Shelves are in the background. Photographed at Taliesin possibly in May. Alfred Eisenstaedt writes in Time Magazine (June 11, 1956, page 17) and Modern Photography that "I shall always remember my assignment to photograph Frank Lloyd Wright. It was done under such rushed, almost impossible conditions." He had just photographed Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and Dr. Jacques Maritain in Princeton, N.J. early in the day. He rushed back to his office. Caught a plane to Madison arriving a midnight. Had a few hours of sleep, and rushed to Taliesin to photograph Wright the next day. He was only at Taliesin for two hours. All were shot within 45 minutes and with three rolls of film. This is just one of the many images photographed that day. An in depth article describing his photo shoot at Taliesin is published in Modern Photography, September 1957, pages 52-57, 110-112.

Photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Courtesy Time/Life Magazines.

8 x 10 print. High res digital image.

1147.24.0609

   
Wright at 89 (6l) (1956)  
Wright at 89 (1956)

Contact sheet with 25 images. Alfred Eisenstaedt writes in Time Magazine (June 11, 1956, page 17) and Modern Photography that "I shall always remember my assignment to photograph Frank Lloyd Wright. It was done under such rushed, almost impossible conditions." He had just photographed Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and Dr. Jacques Maritain in Princeton, N.J. early in the day. He rushed back to his office. Caught a plane to Madison arriving a midnight. Had a few hours of sleep, and rushed to Taliesin to photograph Wright the next day. He was only at Taliesin for two hours. All were shot within 45 minutes and with three rolls of film. These are just 25 of the many images photographed that day. An in depth article describing his photo shoot at Taliesin is published in Modern Photography, September 1957, pages 52-57, 110-112.

Photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Published in Time Magazine, June 11, 1956, page 61; Modern Photography, September 1957, pages 53-57. Courtesy Time/Life Magazines.

8 x 10 print. High res digital image.

1147.26.0609

   
Wright at 89 (7), Olgivanna at 58 (1956)  

Frank Lloyd Wright and Wife at Taliesin, 1956. 

From the Archives of the Los Angeles Examiner.  In pencil on back: "Frank Lloyd Wright and wife Olga Lazovich Wright". 

Original 8 x 10 silver gelatin photo.

(Note: Many Masks, Brendan Gill, page 495).  Published in the "New World Odyssey" 1986 John Gurda, Pg 57.

1950.00.1203

   
Wright at 89 (8) (1956)  
Wright at 89 (Circa 1956)

Wright seated outside at Taliesin. Facing and looking toward the left. His arms are crossed. His stripped tie and suit match photograph #1950.00 (above) and #1205.42 (below). (Note photograph: Many Masks, Brendan Gill, page 495). Clipping pasted to verso: "Frank Lloyd Wright in his later years." Stamped on clipping: "Nov 25 1961."

Original 6 x 8 B&W photograph.

1147.55.1213

   
Wright at 89 (9) (1956)  

Wright at 89 (Circa 1956)

Wright sitting in a chair, his fingers intertwined in front of his right knee. He is wearing a stripped tie and suit that matches photographs #1950.00 and #1147.55. Date stamped on verso: "Jan 27 1957". Partial caption pasted on verso: "Frank Lloyd Wright, 87 year old architect announced at Santa Barbara, California he will go to Iraq in M... to design and build..."

Original 7 x 10 B&W photograph

1205.42.1210

   
Wright at 89 (10) (1956)  
Wright at 89. 

Frank Lloyd Wright Day.  Proclaimed by Mayor Richard J. Daley.  Sponsored by The Day Committee, October 16, 17, 18, 1956.  Hotel Sherman, Chicago.  Photographed on October 16, 1956. 

Limited edition 8.5 x 11 print from digital negatives on satin semi gloss Semisatinado paper.  2/100.  2007. 

8.5 x 11.

1148.02.0307

   
Wright at 89 (11) (1956)  
Wright at 89 (1956) (May 25, 1956)

Wright at Taliesin seated next to Chinese Stone Lion. Verso: "Artful Relaxation. Relaxing at Taliesen (caption spelling) near Spring Green, Wis., Frank Lloyd Wright sits beside an ancient stone lion from China. The piece is said to be one of the first examples of Chinese art, perhaps going back 4000 or 5000 years. Wright has a strong feeling for the art and architecture of the Orient. His greatest affinity appears to be for the Japanese and their work in these fields. The two Taliesens, in Wisconsin and Arizona, are considered "typical Wright." The word is Welsh for "shining hours." Both groups of buildings are designed according to Wright’s theories of "organic architecture," fitting the terrain, materials, function and people who will use the place. The Wisconsin Taliesen seems to grow out of the hills with soothing effects on the eyes. The Arizona Taliesen is as severe and jagged as the desert which surrounds it. 5/25/56." (For use Sunday, June 3, with Relman Morin’s Taliesen AP-N story on Frank Lloyd Wright) AP Newsfeatures Photo, Please Credit. Stamped Jun 7, 1956.  10 x 7.6 print, High res digital image.
       Second Version: Note: this "Stone Lion" appeared at the 1953 Usonian Exhibition in New York at the site for the Guggenheim Museum. Stamped on verso: "Jun 3, 1956" Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Sun Times. Original 9 x 7 B&W print.

1147.15.0609 & 1147.29.1110

   

Wright at 89 (12) (1956)

 

Wright at 89 (Circa 1956)

Press photograph for "Architecture: Man in Possession of His Earth".

Includes three images. 1) V. C. Morris Gift Shop (S.310 - 1948). Caption on face below image; "Interior of Morris store, San Francisco (Maynard L. Parker)." Originally photographed in 1948. 2) Mr. And Mrs. Frank Lloyd Wright in a horse draw carriage., circa 1956. Caption on face below image; "Mr. And Mrs. Frank Lloyd Wright (John Engstead). 3) Rendering of the Pilgrim Congregational Church (Project 1958). Caption on face below image; "Architect’s rendering of Pilgrim Congregational Church – Redding, California." Caption pasted on verso; "Memoir from a Master Builder. Frank Lloyd Wright’s last book, "Architecture: Man in Possession of His Earth," explains architecture in terms of building materials (Doubleday, $5.95). Prefaced by a biography of the late architect by his daughter, Iovanna Lloyd Wright, the volume is illustrated throughout with sketches, renderings, and photographs. Picture Release Date: November 2, 1962. Book Release Date: November 9, 1962. From: Louise Thomas. Doubleday & Co., 575 Madison Ave., N.Y. 22, N.Y. MU8-5300.)

Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

1496.03.1210

 

 

 

Detail of above.

   
Wright at 89 (13) (1956)  
Wright at 89 (November 27, 1956)

Wright visits Henry J. Neils Residence (1949 - S.314). Label taped to verso: "Date: Nov 27, 1956. Subject: Frank Lloyd Wright leaving the house of Henry Neils, 2801 Burnham Blvd, Minneapolis, Minn. Photographer: Paul Siegel." Reported in the November 28, 1956, Minneapolis Tribune, (yesterday) "Frank Lloyd Wright, the 87-year-old champion of American modernist architecture, visited the Twin Cities to address the annual meeting of the Citizens League of Minneapolis and Hennepin County. He picked up ammunition for his speech during a tour earlier in the day, visiting the new Southdale shopping center in Edina, Prudential building in Minneapolis and other landmarks. He didn’t have many kind things to say about anything, including our climate. ‘Minneapolis is just too far north,’ he said. But he did praise the Twin Cities’ lakes and parks as a ‘beautiful gift from nature.’ And he managed to recall ‘with a chuckle’ his 1926 visit to Minneapolis during which he landed in jail in a dispute with his estranged wife. ‘Nothing came of it,’ he said, somewhat cryptically." He visited the Neils Residence during his tour.

Original 9 x 7.25 B&W photograph.

1147.49.0613

   
Wright at 89 (13) (1956)  
Wright at 89 (November 27, 1956)

Wright visits Henry J. Neils Residence (1949 - S.314). Stamped on verso: "Paul Siegel," and "Nov 27 1956." Published in the November 28, 1956, Minneapolis Tribune, "Frank Lloyd Wright, the 87-year-old champion of American modernist architecture, visited the Twin Cities to address the annual meeting of the Citizens League of Minneapolis and Hennepin County. He picked up ammunition for his speech during a tour earlier in the day, visiting the new Southdale shopping center in Edina, Prudential building in Minneapolis and other landmarks. He didn’t have many kind things to say about anything, including our climate. ‘Minneapolis is just too far north,’ he said. But he did praise the Twin Cities’ lakes and parks as a ‘beautiful gift from nature.’ And he managed to recall ‘with a chuckle’ his 1926 visit to Minneapolis during which he landed in jail in a dispute with his estranged wife. ‘Nothing came of it,’ he said, somewhat cryptically." He visited the Neils Residence during his tour.

Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

1147.58.0514

   
1957
Wright at 89 (1957)  
Wright at 89, (1957)

Frank Lloyd Wright wearing a black suit coat and tie, facing to the right. He is in front of a drawing of his proposal for the Arizona State Capital which he titled "Pro Bono Publico - The Oasis", dated February 17, 1957. Most likely photographed at the April 5, 1957 presentation. Stamped on verso: Dec 15, 1957.

Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

1205.44.0811

   
Wright at 90, Olgivanna at 59 (1957)  
Frank Lloyd Wright at 90 (AP wirephoto)  (June 8, 1957)

Caption reads: "Spring Green, Wis., June 8  -  Wright Celebrates 88th Birthday, Frank Lloyd Wright, the world famous architect, posed with his wife, Olgivanna (right), and his daughter Iovanna, at his 88th birthday celebration here tonight.  Over 125 guests toasted Wright as he spoke of his commission from King Faisal of Iraq to design and plan a cultural center on a Tigris River island in Bagdad.  He called the commission a wonderful present." 

This photo is also published in the Saturday Evening  Post, 2/4/61, Pg 38.

8 x 10 Print

1957.00.0500

   
Wright at 90 (1957)  
Wright at 90 (1957)

A) Top Left: Wright at 90. 1957. Frank Lloyd Wright inspects construction of the Guggenheim in 1957. Ground was broken on August 14, 1956. Wright visited the site many times. Wright pasted away April 9, 1959, six months before the grand opening. Grand opening October 21, 1959. Published in "The Guggenheim", 2009, p 1, and a similar image taken at the same time, "Frank Lloyd Wright in New York", Hession, Pickrel, 2007, p 104. Photographed by John Engstead. Montage of four portraits of Frank Lloyd Wright. Stamped on verso: "Nov 9 1998". Three copies.

Original 3.75 x 4.75 B&W photograph.

0857.06.0911, 0857.07.0911, 0857.09.0213

   
Wright at 90 (1957)  

Frank Lloyd Wright at 90. 

Photographed in 1957 by Edgar L. Obma.  Published on the cover of “Frank Lloyd Wright Decorative Designs Collection Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation 1988.  Similar view in “The Master Architect, Conversations with Frank Lloyd Wright” Meehan 1984, Pg 313. Verso second photograph: Stamped Dec 9, 1986, (written) 3C, and stamped Feb 26, 1994, (written) D27. Two original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

(See Obma Article)

Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

1205.26.0507, 1205.35.1209

   
Wright at 90 (1957)  
Wright at 90 (1957) (March 18, 1957)

Frank Lloyd Wright at the Robie House (1906 S.127) 1957. Clipping on verso: "A Couple of Pioneers. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright stands by Robie House in Chicago, March 18, during a visit to the structure which has been called ‘the cornerstone of modern architecture.’ The aging pioneer and a committee seek to preserve the architectural landmark. The Chicago Theological Seminary, owner of the building, plans to demolish the structure to make room for a new dormitory. The building stands at 58th street and South Woodlawn Avenue, on the south side. Associated Press Photo, From Chicago. 3/18/57." From the archives of the Associated Press.

10.5 x 8 Print, High Res image.

1205.39.0410

   
Wright at 90 (1957)  
Wright at 90 (1957)

Frank Lloyd Wright at the Robie House (1906 S.127) 1957. Frank Lloyd Wright visits the Robie house on March 18, 1957 to attempt to stop the demolition of the Robie House. The Chicago Theological Seminary, owner of the building, plans to demolish the structure to make room for a new dormitory. Associated Press Photo. 3/18/57. From the archives of the Associated Press.

10 x 8 B&W photograph.

1205.55.0614

   
Wright at 90 (1957)  
Wright at 90 (1957) (July 5, 1957)

Wright is standing behind a podium at Taliesin, arms outstretched. There is a stack of notes on the podium, and prints atop a book shelf in the background. He was working on the Baghdad project at the time. He was photographed for an article in "Look Magazine" entitled "A visit with Frank Lloyd Wright’", published on September 17, 1957. This photograph is on pages 32-33.

Photographed by Michael A. Vaccaro on July 5, 1957. Stamped on verso: "(C) Michael A. Vaccaro. Frank Lloyd Wright, 1957. Heller Gallery (New York)."

Original 9.75 x 8 B&W print.

1205.40.0510

   
Wright at 90 (1957)  
Wright at 90 (1957) (July 5, 1957)

Wright stands behind a podium at Taliesin, he is gesturing with his left hand, pointing out and up. There is a stack of notes on he podium, prints atop a book shelf in the background. He was working on the Baghdad project at the time. It was photographed for an article in "Look Magazine" entitled "A visit with Frank Lloyd Wright’", published on September 17, 1957.

Photographed by Michael A. Vaccaro on July 5, 1957. Similar image is on page 32.

7 x 4.9 print, High res digital image.

1205.30.0609

   
Wright at 90 Olgivanna at 59 (1957)  
Wright at 90 (1957) (July 5, 1957)

Family portrait at Taliesin. Wright is seated looking to the left. Olgivanna is in the center, her head is turned to the right, but looking at the camera. Iovanna is on the floor seated on the left, looking directly into the camera. Verso: "For release: Monday A.M.’s, September 2, 1957. New York Bureau. Family Man. Madison, Wisc.: Posing for his first family portrait, world renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright is the picture of patriarchal dignity in his home near Madison, WI. Wright, one of the pioneers in the development of modern architecture, is shown with his wife, Olgivanna, and daughter Iovanna (left), youngest of his eight children. He posed for the portrait for an article appearing in the new issue of Look Magazine. (This picture is released for publication in United States and Canadian newspapers for a period of two weeks and is subject to mandatory credit to Look Magazine). Credit (Look Magazine photo from United Press) 8/30/57. For release: Monday A.M.’s, September 2, 1957." Stamped Sep 3, 1957. It was photographed for an article in "Look Magazine" entitled "A visit with Frank Lloyd Wright’", published on September 17, 1957. Photographed by Michael A. Vaccaro around July 5, 1957. Published on page 30. (See S#1205.30)

7.7 x 10 print, High res digital image.

1205.31.0609

   
Wright at 90 (1957)  
Wright at 90 (1957)

Mr. & Mrs. Wright meeting with Anne Baxter (left) and Charlton Heston (to the right of Anne) at Taliesin West. Anne Baxter was Wright’s grand daughter and an actress. In 1956 Baxter stared as Nefretiri the Egyptian queen, opposite Charlton Heston and Yul Brenner in "The Ten Commandments". Baxter and Heston acted together again in "Three Violent People". It was released in late 1956 and early 1957. Set in the American West after the Civil War, Charlton Heston was an ex-Confederate officer Colt Saunders who returns to the family ranch with his new bride Lorna Hunter (Anne Baxter) and faces problems from carpetbaggers and his jealous brother, and a secret from Baxter's past. One the verso, is hand written "Press Interview". The gentleman between Heston and Wright is wearing a badge (star) that reads "Sheriff Posse". This would indicate the press interview was for "Three Violent People". Stamped "From the Jimmy Starr Collection". Jimmy Starr (1904 – 1990) was an American screenwriter and columnist. Starr worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood during the 1930s. During the 1940s he worked as a film writer and columnist, providing reviews and insights into the film world. After retirement from the Hollywood scene, Starr moved to Phoenix, Arizona. (Note: Also in 1957 Wright designed a home for Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, and visited their property in Connecticut. Could she possibly have been at this press interview? There’s no record of her visiting Taliesin West.)

Gift from Randolph C. Henning. 8 x 10 print, High res digital image.

1205.32.0709

   
Wright at 90 (1957)  

Wright at 90 (1957)

Wright meeting Charlton Heston and his grand daughter Anne Baxter (center) possibly at Taliesin West. In 1956 Baxter stared as Nefretiri the Egyptian queen, opposite Charlton Heston and Yul Brenner in "The Ten Commandments". Baxter and Heston acted together again in "Three Violent People". It was released in late 1956 and early 1957. Set in the American West after the Civil War, Charlton Heston was an ex-Confederate officer Colt Saunders who returns to the family ranch with his new bride Lorna Hunter (Anne Baxter) and faces problems from carpetbaggers and his jealous brother, and a secret from Baxter's past. Heston and Baxter held a press conference at Taliesin (1205.32) and this could possibly been in the evening, as Wright was fond of entertaining guests. Wright is wearing the same suite jacket and scarf.

5 x 6.25 print, High res digital image.

1205.33.0709

 

   
Wright at 90 (Circa 1957)  
Wright at 90 (Circa 1957)

Mr. & Mrs. Wright are holding hands as they arrive at Taliesin. He is holding a cane and looking at the camera. She is looking at him. The Wisconsin hillside can be seen in the background.

Gift from Randolph C. Henning. 8 x 10 print, High res digital image.

1205.34.0709

 

   
Wright at 90 (1957)  
Wright at 90 (1957) (October 25, 1957)

Wright interviewed at WTTW, Mile High drawing behind him. Clipping on verso: (Stamped Oct 25, 1957) "This ‘spectacular’ will feature a conversation between Frank Lloyd Wright and Carl Sandburg and a story of modern architecture as told by George Edson Danforth. Alistair ‘Omnibus’ Cooke will be host and emcee on the program. Live on WTTW..." This was photographed before the "live" interview on October 29, 1957. Possibly an earlier interview at WTTW in 1956 or 1957, or a few days before the October 29th interview in preparation for, or for the promotion of the live interview. On October 29, 1957, Wright and Carl Sandburg were interviewed by Alistair Cooke for the program "Chicago Dynamic", which was broadcast on WTTW Chicago. For the complete interview see "The Master Architect" Meehan, 1984, pages 254-270. Illustration of Mile High Building in background. Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Sun Times. Two copies.

Original 8 x 10 B&W print.

1205.36.0310, 1205.43.0811

   
Wright at 90 (1957)  
Wright at 90 (1957)

Wright at 90 (1957). October 29, 1957, Chicago, IL. Two of the country's most distinguished citizens, architect Frank Lloyd Wright (left) and poet Carl Sandburg, pose after appearing on a television forum for the first time together. They talked about modern architecture with Alistair Cooke on "Omnibus." On October 29, 1957, Wright and Carl Sandburg were interviewed by Alistair Cooke for the program "Chicago Dynamic", which was broadcast on WTTW Chicago. For the complete interview see "The Master Architect" Meehan, 1984, pages 254-270.

Original 5.75 x 4.25 B&W print and 4 x 5 negative.

1205.48.0513

   
Wright at 90 (Circa 1957)  
Wright at 90 (1957) (November 2, 1957)

Wright at 90 (1957). Wright signing a copy of "The Future of Architecture". Caption: "11/2/57 - Indianapolis: Architect Frank Lloyd Wright signs an autograph for 17 year old Stephen Mooring, an architectural student at the University of Cincinati (sp), at a reception for Wright 11/2 at Indianapolis. Wright is to speak to a group at the Herron Art Museum tonight. United Press Telephoto." Note: Mooring was a contributing author of "A.D. Profiles 16: Bruce Goff. Architectural Design: Vol. 48, No. 10". 1978. By Bruce Goff, John Sergeant, Lionel March, Charles Jencks, Stephen Mooring, Joe Price, Herb Greene, David De Long, Jeffrey Cook. Acquired from the archives of United Press Associations.

Original 7 x 9 B&W print.

1205.38.0310

   
Wright at 90, Olgivanna at 59 (1957)  
Wright at 90 (1957) (November 2, 1957)

Wright at 90 (1957). Stamped on verso: "Nov 1957." Caption on verso: "A date with Marilyn Monroe. Frank Lloyd Wright and him wife as they left via American Airlines for Phoenix Ariz. Where they will have as their guest Marilyn Monroe. Wright is building a home for the Millers in Conn. And they will go over the plane. Asked how big the home would be Wright replied as he gestured so high on top of a mountain top." Clipping on verso: Stamped: "Sat. Mar 2 ‘85" "Frank Lloyd Wright and his wife, Olgivanna Lloyd Wright, get ready to fly to Arizona in 1957 to meet with Marilyn Monroe, for whom he was building a house. Olgivanna Wright died yesterday at 87 in Scottsdale, Ariz." Stamped on verso: "Metro News Photo, 5700 S, Cicero Ave., Chicago, IL." Acquired from the archives of the Associated Press.

Original 8 x 10 B&W print.

1205.37.0310

   
Wright at 90 (1957)  
Wright at 90 (1957) (November 9, 1957)

Wright at 90 (1957). November 9, 1957. "Architect Frank Lloyd Wright gives a lecture at Lane Tech in Chicago. November 9, 1957."

Original 4 x 5 B&W negative and 8 x 10 Print.

1205.41.0810

 

Detail.

   
Wright at 90 (1957)  


Detail

Wright at 90 (1957). December 17, 1957.

Wright with Model of Dome Theater project. Clipping taped to verso: "Dome Theater, a model of which is shown above, will be designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright, Sylvester Weaver (left), Mike Todd (standing) and Henry J. Kaiser (right). Wright is to be master architect for world-wide operations of the firm known as Dome Enterprises. The proposed multi-purpose auditorium theater would be housed in a shell of aluminum." Stamped on clipping: "Dec 17 1957." Producer Mike Todd, is best known for his 1956 production of Around the World in 80 Days, which won an Academy Award for Best Picture. He was Elizabeth Taylor's third of seven husbands, and his third wife. They were married on February 2, 1957 when he was 47, she 24. Todd hired Wright who design a domed theater with a geodesic roof using aluminum from Kaiser Aluminum. The theater featured and showcased the wide screen movies his company was producing. See "Treasures of Taliesin, Seventy-Seven Unbuilt Designs." Todd and Taylor’s relationship was tempestuous, but he was one of her husbands she did not divorce. On March 22, 1958, Todd's private plane Lucky Liz crashed near Grants, New Mexico. After his death, his heirs did not continue the project. Note: Photographed in Wright's New York Plaza Hotel apartment. Stamped on verso: "Impact Photo, Inc. New York." "1957 Dec 17."

Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

1205.54.0514

   
Wright at 90 (1957)  
Wright at 90 (1957)

Caption on face: "4/9/59 – Phoenix: World-famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright died early 4/9. The 89-year-old Wright died following surgery here. He is shown in 1957 file photo. UPI Telephoto." Stamped on verso: "United Press International Photo". Wright was born on June 8, 1867 and passed away in Phoenix on April 9, 1959, age 91.

Original 8 x 4.75 B&W photograph.

1205.45.0911

   
Wright at 90 (1957)  
Wright at 90 (1957).

Wright seated at desk, facing forward. He is looking slightly left of the camera, a pencil in his right hand. In the background is a photograph of Wright with apprentices at Taliesin Spring Green, which was photographed in 1937 by Ken Hedrich, Hedrich Blessing, during the preparation for the January 1938 issue of Architectural Forum.

Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

1205.47.0712

   
1958
Wright at 91 (1958)  
Frank Lloyd Wright at 91. 

Associated Press Caption: “Wright Dies. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, 89, Died April 9 in Phoenix, Ariz., following an operation for an intestinal obstruction on April 4.”  AP caption accompanying the photo.  Photograph shot in 1957-58 with Baghdad Opera House and Gardens Drawing as backdrop. 

For Illustration note: “Truth Against the World”, 1987, Meehan, page 419;  “Arch Forum”, May 1958, page 89-102;  “Frank Lloyd Wright Quarterly” Winter 2004.  Stamped on back “Filed Apr 16, 1959 Not Used” and “Published May 17, 1970". 

Original 5 x 7 silver gelatin photo.

1205.19.1006

   
Wright at 91 (1958)  
Wright at 91 (1958)

Photograph shot in 1957-58 with Baghdad Opera House and Gardens Drawing as backdrop.  For Illustration note: “Truth Against the World”, 1987, Meehan, page 419;  “Arch Forum”, May 1958, page 89-102;  “Frank Lloyd Wright Quarterly” Winter 2004. 

   
Wright at 91 (1958)  
Wright at 91 (1958)

Caption "Spring Green, Wis., June 9 - Birthday Party - About 80 persons attended a birthday party Sunday for Frank Lloyd Wright, noted architect, who was 89, at his palatial Taliesin estate near here. With Wright (left) are Mr. And Mrs. Harold C. Price, Bartlesville, Okla., two of the guests. AP Wirephoto. 1958." Stamped on verso: "Jun 1958." Acquired from the archives of the Associated Press.

Original 10 x 8 B&W print.

1259.18.0310

   
Wright at 91 (1958)  
Wright at 91. 

Fall 1958 Wright and female at Plaza Hotel, to discuss the Radcliffe Scholarship Tour of the incomplete Guggenheim Museum.  (This photograph was pasted inside the first page of a book that was purchased.  Handwritten below the photograph: "At the Plaza Hotel fall 1958 to discuss the Radcliffe Scholarship Tour of the incomplete Guggenheim Museum.")

Original silver gelatin B&W photograph.  5.3 x 3.2

1259.14.0507

   
1959
Wright's Funeral (1959)  
Wright's Funeral (1959)

Wright’s Funeral, Taliesin. Caption on face: "Spring Green, Wis., April 11 – Site of Wright’s Burial -- This small almost secluded Unitarian cemetery will provide the final resting place for Frank Lloyd Wright, famed Wisconsin-born architect who lived a controversial and turbulent life through most of his 89 years. Wright, who died in Arizona Thursday, will be buried here tomorrow afternoon near the Hillside Unitarian chapel, a church he frequently attended during his youth. Many of his mother’s relatives also are buried here. (AP Wirephoto) 1959." Wright was born on June 8, 1867 and passed away April 9, 1959, age 91. Stamped on verso: "Apr 14 1959". Acquired from the archived of the Chicago Tribune.

Original 10 x 8 B&W Print.

1377.50.0811

   
Wright's Funeral (1959)

Wright’s Funeral, Taliesin. Caption on face: "Spring Green, Wis., April 12 – Wright’s Funeral Cortege. A horse drawn wagon bearing the body of Frank Lloyd Wright begins its half-mile trek to the country churchyard where the famed architect was buried today. Wright’s widow and a daughter are directly behind the wagon, leading a procession of more than 50 mourners who walked to the chapel and graveyard services. Wright died Thursday in Phoenix, Ariz.., at age 89. (AP Wirephoto)." Wright was born on June 8, 1867 and passed away April 9, 1959, age 91. Driving the cart are Wesley Peters on the left and Gene Masselink on the right. Acquired from the archived of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Original 10 x 8 Print.

1377.48.0411

   
Wright's Funeral (1959)

Wright’s Funeral, Taliesin. Label pasted on face: "Spring Green, Wis., April 13 – Wright’s Service – The widow of Frank Lloyd Wright and their daughter, Iovanna Lloyd Wright, at funeral services for architect Sunday. A horse drawn wagon carried the bough covered coffin from the Wright home to cemetery. Wright died Thursday at age 89. (AP Wirephoto) 1959." Wright was born on June 8, 1867 and passed away April 9, 1959, age 91. Acquired from the archived of the Chicago Tribune.

Original 10 x 8 B&W Print.

1377.49.0811

   
1960
Wright in 1960  
Wright in 1960.

Caption on verso: "Double Exposure. Rome: Almost real as life, a giant portrait of the late American architect Frank Lloyd Wright is the camera target of a shutterbug who is herself caught candidly on film in Rome. The Wright portrait is part of an exhibition detailing his achievements and designs in the last ten years of life. Wright died at the age of 89 in early 1959. (UPI Photo) 12/22/60." Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Daily News.

Original 9 x 7 B&W print.

1458.31.0310

   
1962
   

Sculpture of Olgivanna

Taliesin 1962. Heloise Fichter at Taliesin. Heloise Fichter joined Taliesin as an Apprentice in 1948-1949. Clipping pasted to verso: "Woman Sculptor, student in Taliesin, works on a head of Mrs. Wright that she is modeling from clay." Stamped on verso: "1962 Aug 24".

Original10 x 8 B&W photograph.

1526.11.0811

   
1965
Olgivanna at 67 (1965)  
Olgivanna at 67 (1965)

Olgivanna Wright, 1965. Smiling, looking to her left. Caption at bottom: "(Advance for use in PMS of Friday, June 25, with AP special report by Maggie Savoy) (NY9 - June 22)) Heads Taliesin – Olgivanna Wright, widow of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, directs the Frank Lloyd Foundation since his death six years ago. It continues today much more comfortably both physically and financially and with the same spirit with which it began. (AP Wirephoto) (See AP Newsfeature Story) 65".

Original 4 x 7.6 B&W print.

1628.15.1110

   
1970
Iovanna and Olgivanna Lloyd Wright (1970)  
Iovanna Lloyd Wright and Olgivanna Lloyd Wright (1970)

Iovanna Lloyd Wright (left) and Olgivanna Lloyd Wright (June 23, 1970). Caption on verso "At left, Iovanna Lloyd Wright... her correspondence with Svetlana led to invitation; there was an instant kinship between the two. Olgivanna Lloyd Wright... ‘the gestures, spirit: She (Svetlana) fills the image of my late daughter to perfection.’ (Please credit: Photos by Mary Frampton, Los Angeles Times) Los Angeles Times/Washington Post News Service."

8 x 6.5 Print, High res digital image.

1846.13.1210

   
Olgivanna at 72 (Circa 1970)  
Mrs. Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West.  Circa 1970. 

Photograph by Joseph F. Rorke, Resident in 1954. 

Original 6 x 5.75 silver gelatin photo.

1846.01.1006

   
1971
Olgivanna at 73 (Circa 1971)  
Mrs. Frank Lloyd Wright. 

Stamped on back “Published August 8, 1971". 

Original 8 x 10 silver gelatin photo.

1867.02.1006

   
   
   

BOOKS RELATED TO WOMEN IN WRIGHT'S LIFE

   
2002

The 50 Greatest Love Letters of All Time  (Hard Cover DJ)  (Published by Crown Publishers, New York. A Byron Press Book)

Lowenherz, David H.

Chapter 44: Frank Lloyd Wright to Maude Miriam Noel.  “...I think there is nothing you can say to me to change what has already taken place.  I have nothing to say.  Whatever there was in me for you is absolutely dead - even anger.”  Includes one portrait of Wright.  Original list price $20.00. 5.5 x 8.5. (Fifth Edition)

Pp 169 - 172

2002.87.0807

   
2007

Death in a Prairie House, Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Murders (Soft Cover) (Published by Terrace Books. A trade imprint of the University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, Wisconsin)

Drennan, William R.

The most pivotal and yet least understood event of Frank Lloyd Wright’s celebrated life involves the brutal murders in 1914 of Mamah Borthwick Cheney and six adults and children dear to the architect and the destruction by fire of Taliesin, his landmark residence, near Spring Green, Wisconsin. Supplying both a gripping mystery story and a portrait of the artist in his prime, William Drennan wades through the myths surrounding Wright and the massacre, casting fresh light on the formulation of Wright’s architectural ideology and the cataclysmic effects that the Taliesin murders exerted on the fabled architect and on his subsequent designs. (Publisher’s description.) Original cover price $16.96. 6 x 9. (Fourth Edition)

Pp 218

2007.55.0909

   
2007

Loving Frank (Advanced Reader’s Edition)  (Published by Ballantine Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York)

Horan, Nancy

Fictionalization life of Mamah Borthwick Cheney.  Frank and Mamah, both married and with children, met when Mamah's husband, Edwin, commissioned Wright to design a house. Their affair became the stuff of headlines when they left their families to live and travel together, going first to Germany, where Mamah found rewarding work doing scholarly translations of Swedish feminist Ellen Key's books.  Frank and Mamah eventually settled in Wisconsin, where they were hounded by a scandal-hungry press, with tragic repercussions. Mamah's life is cut short in the most unexpected and violent of ways.  To be released on August 7, 2007.  Original HC list price $23.95.  6 x 9.25.  Two copies.  (Advanced Reader’s Edition)

Pp 372

2007.07.0507, 2007.08.0507

   
Date: 2007

Title: Loving Frank (Hard Cover) (Published by Ballantine Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York)

Author: Horan, Nancy

Description: Fictionalization life of Mamah Borthwick Cheney. Frank and Mamah, both married and with children, met when Mamah's husband, Edwin, commissioned Frank to design a house. Their affair became the stuff of headlines when they left their families to live and travel together, going first to Germany, where Mamah found rewarding work doing scholarly translations of Swedish feminist Ellen Key's books. Frank and Mamah eventually settled in Wisconsin, where they were hounded by a scandal-hungry press, with tragic repercussions. Mamah's life is cut short in the most unexpected and violent of ways. Original HC list price $23.95. (Fifth Edition)

Size: 6.25 x 9.5

Pages: Pp 363

ST#: 2007.66.0812

   
2009

The Women: A Novel (Hard Cover, DJ) (Published by the Penguin Group, Inc. First published by Viking Penguin, a member of the Penguin Group, Inc.)

Boyle, T. Coraghessan

An account of Wright's life, as told through the experiences of the four women who loved him, blazes with his trademark wit and invention. Wright's life was one long howling struggle against the bonds of convention, whether aesthetic, social, moral, or romantic. He never did what was expected and despite the overblown scandals surrounding his amours and very public divorces and the financial disarray that dogged him throughout his career, he never let anything get in the way of his larger-than-life appetites and visions. Wright's triumphs and defeats were always tied to the women he loved. (Publisher’s description.) Original Hard Cover list price $27.95. 6.25 x 9.25. (First and Fifth Edition, two copies.)

Pp 451

2009.12.1209, 2009.14.1209

   
   
   
CATHERINE (KITTY) TOBIN WRIGHT
Catherine Tobin Wright (Circa 1907-1908)  
Catherine Tobin Wright. Circa 1907-1908.

Catherine and her youngest child Robert Llewellyn Wright (1903-1985) age 4-5. Catherine Tobin Wright in a dress designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. See similar photograph without Robert in "The decorative designs of Frank Lloyd Wright", Hanks, page 25.

Catherine Lee (Kitty) Clark Tobin was born on March 25, 1871 in Nebraska. She was the daughter of a wealthy businessman. On June 1, 1889, Catherine and Frank were married in Chicago, Illinois. She was 17 years old. They honeymooned in Wisconsin. Raising a family dominated most of her time. In 1909, after six children and twenty years of marriage, Frank left his wife and family and traveled to Europe with Mamah Borthwick Cheney settling in Italy for about a year. In 1922 she granted Wright a divorce. Catherine Tobin Wright passed away on March 24, 1959, fifteen days before Frank Lloyd Wright.

(Note: Robert Llewellyn Wright was born on November 15, 1903 in Oak Park, IL, and passed away on February 22, 1986 in West Bethesda, MD. He married Elizabeth Bryant Kehler on July 29, 1933. He was buried in Unity Chapel Cemetery, Spring Green, WI.)

Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institute, Mrs. Robert L. Wright collection.

Published in "Frank Lloyd Wright A Biography", Secrest, 1992, page 191, dated 1907.

5 x 6.5 Print. High res digital image.

0080.07.0609

   
   
   
MAMAH BORTHWICK CHENEY
Click for dedicated section on Mamah Borthwick Cheney
   
   
   
MIRIAM NOEL WRIGHT

Click for dedicated section on Miriam Noel Wright

   
   
   
MRS. JOHN LLOYD WRIGHT
Mrs. John Lloyd Wright (1920s)  

Mrs. John Lloyd Wright Detail

Mrs. John Lloyd Wright. 

Photograph of a portrait by Chicago artist Frank A. Werner, Born April 15, 1877 Akron, OH, Died July 6, 1953 Chicago, IL. 

This photograph of the portrait was taken by Frederick O. Bemm, Art Institute Chicago Staff Photographer. 

Verso: Mrs. John Lloyd Wright.  Not dated. 

I have not been able to verify if this truly is “Mrs. Wright” or which of his wives it was.  I would estimate it had to be Jeanette or Hazel. 

John Lloyd Wright: Born 12/12/1892, Oak Park, Illinois, died 12/20/1972, Del Mar, San Diego, California.  On returning to Chicago in late 1913, John was placed in charge of his father's office, now located in Orchestra Hall on Michigan Avenue, where he handled business matters when Frank Lloyd Wright was at Taliesin, the home he had built for himself and Mamah Cheney at Spring Green, Wisconsin.  In 1914 John Lloyd Wright married Jeanette Winters, a young woman he had met in Los Angeles, they were divorced in 1920.  The young couple moved into a tiny wooden building at 938 Lincoln Parkway. They dubbed their home "Bird Center," decorating it with jig sawed and painted birds.  In 1920, John moved back to Oak Park, to the apartment which his father had outfitted over the old studio in order to provide some income for John's mother, who still lived in the old family home.  He remained there after marrying again, this time to Hazel Josephine Lundin (1896 - 1972) on 10/27/1921, and it was there that his first child, Elizabeth Lloyd Wright Ingraham born on 7/26/1923.  Late in 1923, he and his family moved to Long Beach, a lakeside residential enclave of Michigan City, Indiana.  There he renewed his architectural practice, starting with the construction of his own house and studio, Studio Court, built in 1924.  His second child was John Lloyd Wright (2/23/1925 - 1/30/1974).  In 1942 he married for the third time to Frances Welch. 

Original 6.5 x 9.25 vintage silver gelatin photograph, circa 1920s. 

Set includes six photographs of Werner’s work and two brochures.

0142.03.0307

 
 
 
ANNE BAXTER
Anne Baxter February 1942  
“Anne Baxter - 20th Century Fox Player”.  February 1942. 

Published by 20th Century Fox Film Corp.  Anne Baxter was born in Michigan City, Indiana, on May 7, 1923.  She was the daughter of a salesman and his wife, Catherine, who herself was the daughter of Frank Lloyd Wright.  Anne was a young girl of 11 when her parents moved to New York City. 

Verso: “Play time... and it's also time for exercise too for charming 17 year old Anne Baxter, who is being groomed for stardom by 20th Century-Fox following her featured performance in ‘Swamp Water’ for that studio.” 

Original 8 x 10 vintage silver gelatin photograph.

0593.04.0307

   
Anne Baxter July 1944  
Anne Baxter.  July 1944. 

Published by 20th Century Fox Film Corp. Anne Baxter was born in Michigan City, Indiana, on May 7, 1923.  She was the daughter of a salesman and his wife, Catherine, who herself was the daughter of Frank Lloyd Wright.  Anne was a young girl of 11 when her parents moved to New York City. 

Verso: “Playing Heroine Roles and getting top billing in her movies is all well and good, but pretty Anne Baxter says that for just once in her career she wants to play a siren or ‘other women’ type of part...” 

Original 7.5 x 9.5 vintage silver gelatin photograph.

0603.03.0307

   
Anne Baxter 1952  
Anne Baxter.  1952. 

“The Outcasts of Poker Flat’ starring Anne Baxter, Dale Robertson” 52/141. 

Published by 20th Century Fox Film Corp.  Anne Baxter was born in Michigan City, Indiana, on May 7, 1923.  She was the daughter of a salesman and his wife, Catherine, who herself was the daughter of Frank Lloyd Wright.  Anne was a young girl of 11 when her parents moved to New York City. 

Original 8 x 10 vintage silver gelatin photograph.

0910.18.0307

   
 
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