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Eugene Colby collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArt-0019

Scope and Contents

The Eugene Colby collection contains landscapes: 3 etchings, 2 oil on canvas paintings, 11 charcoal drawings, and 2 pencil drawings. The collection also contains a rudimentary student lap desk made by Colby.

Paintings:

  1. Old Apple Tree (1896)
  2. Birches (1929)

Charcoal drawings:

  1. Country Side Scene
  2. Hemlock Channel
  3. Hillside
  4. Lake Scene
  5. New Empress Isle
  6. Near Hemlock Channel
  7. Near L.S. 47
  8. Near Mt. Washington Isle
  9. Shawanaga River, Georgian Bay [1]
  10. Shawanaga River, Georgian Bay [2]
  11. Untitled [sunset on water]

Pencil drawings:

  1. Buffalo, Park
  2. On the dock at Buffalo, NY, August 15, 1883

Dates

  • circa 1883-1929

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Eugene C. Colby (1846-1930) was the first principal of the Mechanics Institute and first director of its art school. He taught mechanical drawing the first semester the school operated (1885). Colby also wrote an early history of the school, tracing its development from 1885-1925. Although his professional field was mechanical drawing, he was recognized as an accomplished landscape painter. The RIT Art Collection holds several of Colby's landscape etchings, paintings, and drawings.

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet (1 Oversize lid box, 1 Framed painting, 1 Desk)

Language

English

Overview

The Eugene Colby collection contains drawings, etchings, oil paintings, and a student desk made by Colby.

Arrangement

Collection materials are arranged by size.

Physical Location

C.S. South, Shelf 554
RIT Art Collection

Bibliography

  • Eugene Colby at Art on Campus, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Additional description and images of artist work in View It! The Art and Architecture of RIT. By David Pankow, Becky Simmons, Houghton Wetherald. Rochester, NY: Cary Graphic Arts Press, 2004.

Dimensions

Artwork varies in size: 5 x 7 to 31 x 23 inches.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in August 2011.
Title
Eugene Colby collection
Subtitle
RIT Art Collection
Status
Published
Author
Amy Vilz
Date
26 August 2011
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English

Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archive Collections Repository

Contact:
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester NY 14623 USA
(585) 475-4613