Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The James mss., 1911?-1971, are chiefly those letters of Lesley Payne, 1894-1976, musician, to Louis James, 1906- , artist, concerning a copy of a life mask of John Keats, the poet. The original of the life mask was made by Benjamin Robert Haydon in December 1816. This copy is presumed to have been the one given by James Whitcomb Riley to the Art Association of Indianapolis and acknowledged by them on October 24, 1911. Louis James as Louis James Globenskey attended the Herron School of Art between 1927-1933 during which time he acquired the mask in Indianapolis and at a later date gave it a terra cotta exterior.

With the material are two framed photographs: one of Lesley Payne and her mother, Mary Elizabeth (Riley) Payne taken sometime during their stay in Paris, 1908-1914, and one of Mary Elizabeth (Riley) Payne taken by James in 1930. Miss Payne in a letter of February 20, 1971, commented on the recent death of Paul Hadley who in 1917 had designed the Indiana state flag.

The copy of the Keats mask is present in the collection along with a magazine clipping and James' information about it.

Collection size: 8 items

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