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Margery S. Knight sketchbooks

Identifier: KA-0028


Margery Knight (1906-1994) taught figure drawing and fashion illustration at Parsons School of Design from 1946 to 1969. The twelve sketchbooks in this collection, dating from the 1950s to 1980, contain rapid figure and fashion sketches, lecture notes, and anatomy studies.


  • circa 1951-1980



0.8 Cubic Feet (12 sketchbooks)

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Scope and Contents of Collection

The collection consists of twelve spiral-bound sketchbooks kept by Margery Knight from the 1950s until 1980. Sketches depict travel, costumes, still life arrangements, and figure drawings. Two sketchbooks have drawings and notes from an Art Students League class on anatomical drawing taught by Robert Beverly Hale. A second set of sketchbooks are comprised of costume illustrations. Drawings are rendered in a variety of media, including pencil, ink, watercolor, marker, crayon, pastels, and pen.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use. Please contact for appointment.

Use Restrictions

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Biographical note

Born in 1906, Margery S. Knight graduated from the Traphagen School. She also studied at the Art Students League and the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere.

Knight taught at Parsons School of Design from 1946 until 1969 and again from 1973 until 1975. She began her Parsons teaching career as a figure drawing instructor and became a faculty member of the Fashion Design Department. She also taught fashion research in the 1960s.

Margery Knight died in 1994.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Sketchbooks included in the donation of the Stanley Barrows papers, 1997.

Guide to the Margery S. Knight sketchbooks
New School Archives and Special Collections Staff
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