Letters from Alice

Archives related to: De Lamar, Alice Antoinette

title Eyre de Lanux papers, 1905-1992.
repository Archives of American Art
description Personal correspondence (1915-83); sixty volumes of diaries (1923-1988); drafts of short stories, essays, and magazine articles (1922-ca.1955); pencil sketches of Paris café scenes (ca. 1922-25); portraits of friends, including Romaine Brooks, and photographs of fresco works. Major correspondents include Paolo Casagrande, Pierre de Lanux, Alexander Lenard, and Evelyn Wyld. There are two letters from Natalie Clifford Barney. Also present are research materials assembled by de Lanux in preparing a biography of Tobias Lear, secretary to George Washington and a distant relation of the Eyre family.

Bio / His Notes:
Painter, designer, writer; b. 1894; d. 1996. Elizabeth Eyre de Lanux was born in Johnstown, Pa. She studied in New York at the Art Students League and in 1918 married Pierre de Lanux, a French diplomat and man of letters. The couple moved to Paris, where Eyre de Lanux (as she styled herself) began studies at the Academy Colarossi with Paul Serusier, eventually becoming a designer of Art Deco lacquered furniture and patterned rugs. From 1922 to 1924, she wrote a column for Town & Country magazine, “Letters from Elizabeth,” in which she described the modernist milieu in which she moved. She was a regular at the weekly salons of Natalie Clifford Barney on the rue Jacob. Following her return to New York after the war, de Lanux wrote for the New Yorker and Harper’s Bazaar magazines. Pierre and Eyre de Lanux had one child, Anne de Lanux Strong. Pierre died in 1955 and Eyre de Lanux died in 1996 at the age of 102.

SEE Series 2: Correspondence, 1918-1989, n.d. (boxes 3-6, 3.2 linear ft.
Box 4; De La Mar, Alice, 1950-81, n.d.
extent 15.3 linear ft.
formats Correspondence Diaries Photographs Sketches Works of Art
access Open for Research. Use requires an appointment.
record source http://www.siris.si.edu/
finding aid Electronic finding aid available at http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/findingaids/lanueyre.htm
acquisition information Donated 1996 by Anne de Lanux Strong, Lanux’s daughter, and Paul R. Eyre, her grandson.
updated 04/29/2014 15:30:03

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