Archive of letters, documents, drawings by Wright and others, books and Taliesin offprints and circulars.
Lot 3308
US$ 30,000 - 50,000
£18,000 - 30,000
Lot Details
An extensive archive of drawings, letters, documents and other original material by and relating to Frank Lloyd Wright, from the collection of two of his prized apprentices, Blaine and Hulda (Brierly) Drake.

An inventory of the present collection includes:
Five original architectural drawings, viz, 1. Original pencil and color pencil architectural drawing labeled "Hill Crown" and "Bell, Los Angeles," 22 x 30 inches (sheet), with hand-drawn Frank Lloyd Wright monogram at bottom, SIGNED by Wright and dated April 8, 1939, tear at lower right with a bit of loss to drawing, stain extending 7 x 7 inches and overlapping drawing, a few small holes. 2. Original color and pencil drawing of a proposed desert unit for Hulda and Blaine Drake at Taliesin West (so labeled), 23 1/2 x 30 1/2 inches (sheet), hand-drawn Wright monogram at bottom, SIGNED by Wright, [1939], tear to edge with minor loss, some light spotting, faint uneven toning, folding creases, [with] detail for same, 19 1/2 x 35 1/2 (sheet), [with] silver print photograph of Taliesin West, 1937, [and with] TLS, Gene Masselink to Blaine and Hulda Drake, 1 p, referring to the above drawings, as well as to projects for Bazett and Bell. 3. Original pencil and color pencil elevation for Sidney Bazett House, 1939, 18 x 18 1/2 inches (sheet), toned, creasing to edges, folding creases. 4. Original pencil and color pencil drawing for Bazett House, 19 x 18 inches (sheet), with detail changes "OK"'d and INITIALED by Wright in pencil, creasing to edges, folding creases, toned. 5. Original pencil sketches of furniture, 9 x 19 inches (sheet), [1939], with lengthy note in margin signed "Jack" [Howe].
11 Typed Letters and Notes Signed, ("Frank Lloyd Wright" and "FLLW"), including 1 in fragment and 2 unsigned; 2 Autograph Notes Signed ("F.L.L.W." "Frank"); and 12 Telegrams; together, 26 pp, 4to and 8vo, Spring Green, Wisconsin, January 16, 1936 to June 5, 1952, many on Taliesen letterhead, most to Blaine and Hulda Drake, regarding Taliesin's role as an educational institute, architectural commissions and building instructions, Japanese prints, and including 3 page "General Instructions to Builder" for the Bazett house sent to Blaine Drake, and a note on house rules for apprentices at Taliesen, envelopes, toned, folding creases.
[And with]
Letters from Olga Lloyd Wright, Gene Masselink, and others associated with Taliesin, a fine collection of Taliesin internal publications and circulars, related Frank Lloyd Wright printed ephemera - including building proposals and lectures - and architectural books from the Drake library.
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