Scope and arrangement
Jerome Robbins’ collection of graphic works includes over 200 drawings and paintings by Robbins himself, from the early 1930s through at least 1990. Figure drawings and portrait sketches dominate Robbins artwork, but he also drew and painted landscapes, still lifes, abstracts, and costume and set designs.
The collection also includes over 200 works by others related to Robbins’ theatrical life, including set and costume designs created for his plays, shows and choreographies, and technical drawings for particular theaters and television. Designers represented include Lemual Ayers, Joe Eula, Sean Kenny, Phil May, Irene Sharaff, Oliver Smith, Tony Walton, Miles White and Patricia Zipprodt.
Robbins collection also includes artworks, scores and gifts created for him or given to him by friends and associates in the theater and dance. Represented here are Glen Bacon, Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, John Cahil, Laura Dean, Edith Kramer, and Hazel and Mark Perper, Stephen Sondheim, Robert L.B. Tobin, and the children of P.S. 171 in Queens.
The 18th and 19th century prints Robbins collected were possibly acquired as part of his research for productions or planned productions, such as The arts of the gentleman. Included here are 4 prints detached from the 1716 book by Gregorio Lambranzi, Nuoua e curiosa scvola de' balli theatrali, and mid- to late-18th century prints depicting actors such as David Garrick, Mrs. Barnes, Mrs. Abington, Mrs. Yates, Mr. Shuter, Mr. Reddish, Mr. Woodward, Mrs. Cibber, Miss Catley and Mrs. Powell. Also included is a hand-colored print by Gaspare Galliari.
The 20th century prints and drawings include works by Betsy Baytos, Al Hirschfeld, John Paul Jones, Mikhail Larionov, Bill Morrow, Jack Murray, Vaslav Nijinsky, Farhad Ostovani, Annette Robyns, R. Selby, Sem, Charles B. Slackman, Heinrich Sussman, and Pavel Tchelitchew.
The collection includes lobby cards and posters for Robbins shows, New York City Ballet, Ballets U.S.A. and the Spoleto Festival, and scrapbook compilations of reviews and images from Robbins' musical theater shows as source materials for the cast of Jerome Robbins’ Broadway.
The Jerome Robbins collection of graphic works are arranged in fourteen series:
This artwork by Jerome Robbins includes figures, portraits, landscapes, still-lifes, and abstracts. See also framed items in Series XIII. Some works by others (Felicia Sorel, David Heaton, unidentified) are included to preserve context. For set, costume and lighting designs, see Series II.
Robbins' efforts range from artistic documentation of Ballet Theatre costumes in the 1940s, including himself as Petrouchka, to ideas for his own ballets (Goldberg Variations, Dumbarton Oaks and Dybbuk), to sketches for an unproduced Bullfight ballet.
Artists include: Lemuel Ayers, Joe Eula, Sean Kenny, Phil May, Irene Sharaff, Oliver Smith, Miles White, Patricia Zipprodt. For Tony Walton, see Series VI: Oversize drawings, paintings and posters.
- Series IV: Set and costume designs by others for planned Jerome Robbins productions and non-Robbins theater productions, ca
Includes drawings by Robert Wilson for The Exception and the Rule, a poster design for Apollo featuring a photograph of Felia Doubrovska, and designs for an unproduced Bullfight ballet.
See also framed items, in Series XIII. Some unidentified works in this series may have been drawn by Jerome Robbins. Represented here are Glen Bacon, John Cahill, Laura Dean, Edith Kramer, Hazel and Mark Perper, Robert L.B. Tobin, children of P.S. 171 in Queens, and an early 20th century sheet music cover inscribed by Stephen Sondheim.
Includes Tony Walton's designs for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and a poster advertising the early 1900's entertainer, Kar-Mi
The 18th and 19th century prints Robbins collected were most likely acquired as part of his research for productions or planned productions, such as The arts of the gentleman. Included here are 4 prints detached from the 1716 book by Gregorio Lambranzi, Nuova e curiosa scuola de' balli theatrali, and mid- to late-18th century prints depicting actors such as David Garrick, Mrs. Barnes, Mrs. Abington, Mrs. Yates, Mr. Shuter, Mr. Reddish, Mr. Woodward, Mrs. Cibber, Miss Catley and Mrs. Powell. Also included is a hand-colored print by Gaspare Galliari, and depictions of buildings in Spoleto.
Artists include Betsy Baytos, Giorgio De Chirico, Al Hirschfeld, John Paul Jones, Mikhail Larionov, Bill Morrow, Jack Murray, Vaslav Nijinsky, Farhad Ostovani, Annette Robyns, R. Selby, Sem (Georges Gourset), Charles B. Slackman, Heinrich Sussman, and Pavel Tchelitchew. Some are gifts to Robbins, others are his purchases.
Includes stage and lighting plans for Robbins productions and Ballets U.S.A. in theaters in the United States and Europe, and for television (Live from Studio 8H).
Drawings of West Side Story cast members by Robbins' fan, Barby Fister, and continuity drawings for the motion picture of Fiddler on the Roof.
Subjects include High Button Shoes, Fiddler on the Roof, Firebird costume parade, Poppa Piece, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, and In the Night Gala Dinner Dance.
Includes On the Town, Billion Dollar Baby, High Button Shoes, Look, Ma, I'm Dancin', That's the Ticket!, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Two's Company, Wonderful Town, Ankles Aweigh, Silk Stockings, West Side Story, Oh Dad, Poor Dad..., Fiddler on the Roof, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Festival of Two Worlds, Ballets: USA, and New York City Ballet.
Includes portrait photograph of Vaslav Nijinsky, naturalization certificate for Harry Rabinowitz, paintings by Jerome Robbins, collages by Irene Sharaff and Robert Prince, musical score page inscribed by Leonard Bernstein, paintings by Bill Morrow, Doug Davis, Irvin Berlin and William Sumner, and pastel signed A. Walkowitz.