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Kent in studio at Asgaard, c.1930
Kent in studio at Asgaard, c.1930

    From 1912 to 1968, Kent practiced the time-honored art of the bookplate, creating more than 185 designs. In most cases he never met the individuals he created them for, but he still sought to learn about them via correspondence, asking each client for “the story of your life, your likes, your aspirations.”

    Kent’s own library contained thousands of volumes. Books were a sacred matter to the artist:

“The theft of a book is more nearly homicide than larceny. Books are not things, they’re people multiplied; their friendships are as inexhaustible as Shelley’s love.”

“…the possession of books is both the promise of a richer life and, in degree, the sign of its fulfillment. Ah, there is much, thank God, to be desired in life! And books stand high.”


Kent in studio at Asgaard, c.1938
Kent in studio at Asgaard, c.1938
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Thumbnail ImageStudy for Feild, c.1920's
pencil on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.151.2]
Thumbnail ImageStudy for Feild, c.1920's
ink on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.151.3]
Thumbnail ImageKathleen and Rockwell Kent, c.1920
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.183.2]
Thumbnail ImageN L (Nancy Lee), c.1920
ink on vellum
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.102.4]
Thumbnail ImageCarl Zigrosser, c.1920
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.186]
Thumbnail ImageJoe E Kennedy, c.1937
ink on board
Museum Purchase, Sally Kent Gorton Endowment
[P52006.3.1]
Thumbnail ImageElbridge Hardley Stuart, c.1940's
pencil and paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.147.1]
Thumbnail ImageElbridge Hardley Stuart, c.1940's
ink on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.147.2]
Thumbnail ImageSamuel Loomis Prentiss, 1913
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.156]
Thumbnail ImageBriarcombe Farms, 1913
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.8]
Thumbnail ImageC A (Charles Amiguet), 1920
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.99]
Thumbnail ImageLucie Rosen, 1922
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.121.1]
Thumbnail ImageE Josephine Holgate, 1923
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.200]
Thumbnail ImageAlbert Alexander Mendez, 1923
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.157]
Thumbnail ImageMary C Wheelwright, 1923
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.249.1]
Thumbnail ImageGeorge S. Chappell, 1923
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.10]
Thumbnail ImageJohn Hay Whitney, 1925
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.124]
Thumbnail ImageRay Slater Murphy, 1926
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.116.2]
Thumbnail ImageKatherine Abbott, 1927
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.148.2]
Thumbnail ImageO D D (Olga Drexel Dahlgren), 1927
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.126]
Thumbnail ImageArthur S. Allen Jr., 1927
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.247]
Thumbnail ImageGeorge R.M. Ewing, Jr., 1928
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.24.2]
Thumbnail ImageChicago Latin School, 1928
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.9.1]
Thumbnail ImageGordon Kent, 1928
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.190]
Thumbnail ImageRockwell Kent III, 1928
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.184]
Thumbnail ImageFrances and Rockwell Kent, 1928
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.181.2]
Thumbnail ImageEmily Milliken Lambert, 1928
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.162]
Thumbnail ImageGeorge Milburn, 1928
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.115]
Thumbnail ImageLibrary of the College of Preachers at Washington D.C., 1928
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.176]
Thumbnail ImageMargaret and Ralph Pulitzer, 1928
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.155]
Thumbnail ImageIphigene Ochs and Arthur Hays Sulzberger, 1928
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.152]
Thumbnail ImageRobert J. Hamershlag, 1929
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.168.2]
Thumbnail ImageJ B Neumann, 1929
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.106.2]
Thumbnail ImageJohn R Palmer, 1931
ink on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.114]
Thumbnail ImageStephen Morgan Etnier, 1933
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.170]
Thumbnail ImagePaul Mayo, 1933
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.110]
Thumbnail ImageFrank H Whitmore, 1934
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.260.2]
Thumbnail ImageHazel and Richard Harwell, 1936
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.167]
Thumbnail ImageBlanche Kednay, 1936
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.85.1]
Thumbnail ImageJoe E Kennedy, 1937
linecut on paper
Sally Kent Gordon Estate
[P52006.3.3]
Thumbnail ImageRay Baker Harris, 1937
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.35]
Thumbnail ImageL U (Louis Untermeyer), 1937
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.151]
Thumbnail ImageGordon A Block Jr, 1938
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.180]
Thumbnail ImageArthur G Altschul, 1940
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.147]
Thumbnail ImageGeorge Henry Corey, 1941
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.13.1]
Thumbnail ImageSally and Rockwell Kent, 1947
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.160]
Thumbnail ImageAntioch Bookplate Co.: Style 7Y-55, 1950
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.6.89]
Thumbnail ImageBookplate Drawing, n.d.
pencil and ink on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.136]
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