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Typ 970.78.6595

Ossorio, Alfonso, 1916-1990. Alfonso Ossorio wood engravings, watercolors, and photographs of sculptures, 1932-1978: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: F (horz)
Call No.: Typ 970.78.6595
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Ossorio, Alfonso, 1916-1990.
Title: Alfonso Ossorio wood engravings, watercolors, and photographs of sculptures,
Date(s): 1932-1978.
Quantity: 1 collection (.25 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Wood engravings, watercolors, and photographs of sculptures by American artist, Alfonso Ossorio.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Bequest of Philip Hofer; received: 1984.


Collection presented to Philip Hofer by the artist, Alfonso Ossorio, between 1933-1980.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Irina Tarsis

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Alfonso Ossorio Wood Engravings, Watercolors, and Photographs of Sculptures, 1932-1978 (Typ 970.78.6595). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Separated Materials

Correspondence between Hofer and Ossorio dated 1934-1935 was removed to the curatorial files.

Biographical / Historical

Alfonso Ossorio (1916-1990) was an American artist who was born in the Philippines, attended boarding schools in England, and came to the United States to study at Portsmouth Priory School, Rhode Island, and then at Harvard University. Ossorio is best known as for his illustrations and abstract sculpture.


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Scope and Contents

Collection consists of wood engravings and proofs, primarily of religious themes, including: wood-engraved Christmas cards; two designs for Christmas cards in graphite and watercolor; color photographs of his abstract outdoor sculptures; and five calligraphic incipits of the Gospels. Most of the material belongs to the 1933-1935 period when Ossorio was attending Harvard. Includes 35 wood engravings, 5 watercolors, and 7 photographs.

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