This collection consists primarily of 19th and 20th-century American drawings and watercolors, including works by Everett Shinn, William Stanley Haseltine, Charles Demuth, Reginald Marsh, Charles Burchfield, Andrew Wyeth, Philip Pearlstein, Nancy Graves, Peter Saul, Jim Nutt, and Manuel Neri. Nearly 600 drawings by 19th-century Tennessee artist Carl Gutherz offer an extensive overview of a salon artist active during the belle époque. Other regional artists represented include Mississippi’s Walter Anderson, Memphis political cartoonist J.P. Alley, and painter Carroll Cloar. In addition, the collection contains a small selection of religious manuscripts from the 10th to the 18th centuries.


French with Latin text
Leaf from a Book of Hours, Service for the Dead, ca. 1450
Ink and gilt
(image): 6 7/8" x 4 15/16"
Brooks Memorial Art Gallery purchase 56.27

William Stanley Haseltine, American, 1835-1900
Cannes, ca. 1875
(image): 15 1/4" x 22 3/4"
Gift of Mrs. Helen Haseltine Plowden 51.22

Carl Gutherz, American (b. Switzerland), 1844-1907
Draped Female Figure Study for Light of the Incarnation, ca. 1888
Gouache and gray wash over pencil, heightened with Chinese white
(image): 14 3/8" x 9 5/8"
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall F. Goodheart 68.11.70

Everett Shinn, American, 1876-1953
New York Harbor, ca. 1898
(image): 7 1/2" x 12 3/4"
Memphis Park Commission purchase 54.3

Charles Demuth, American, 1883-1935
Mt. Giboa #5, ca. 1912-1915
(image): 10" x 14"
Eugenia Buxton Whitnel Funds 73.19

Walter I. Anderson, American, 1903-1965
Lagoons - Horn Island, ca. 1960
Watercolor over pencil
(image): 8 1/2" x 11"
Brooks Memorial Art Gallery purchase; Funds provided by the Memphis Park Commission, the Brooks Fine Arts Foundation and Mrs. Walter I. Anderson 69.7.9
©Estate of Walter I. Anderson