THE JAMBALAYA NINETEEN-TWENTY SIX. [Class annual yearbook for Tulane University - Sophie Newcomb College, New Orleans, Louisiana 1926 - Volume XXXI.]

Spratling, William (unattributed illustrator). The 1926 Jambalaya Board, Louis B. Claverie (Editor-in-Chief). A. Hays Town. [Tulane University and Sophie Newcomb College.]

Published by New Orleans, LA - Nashville, TN: Tulane University, Newcomb College - Benson Printing Company, 1926.
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400 pages. Hardcover: H 27.5cm x L 20.25cm. Dark blue cloth with stamped decoration; boards rubbed, some spots of light discoloration to rear board, mild scuffing and fraying at spine ends. Mild soiling upon edges; foxing upon front flyleaf but interior pages are clean and free of student inscriptions or signatures. Light gray endpapers; b/w photographs and illustrations throughout; advertising section at rear. Future high-achievers pictured among the student photos are Baton Rouge, Louisiana architect A. Hays Town, Tulane architecture professor Bernard Lemann, and New Orleans historian Charles Dufour. Eight full page b/w photos (pages 11-18) demonstrate the soft focus technique often utilized by C. Bennette Moore and Eugene Delcroix but all are unattributed. Sophomore Maurice P. Sullivan is credited as the yearbook's "Staff Artist" (page 317) but a majority of drawings are signed "WS" and clearly demonstrate the distinctive style of William Spratling (1900-1967) whose delight in drawing Vieux Carre streetscapes coincides with the yearbook's decorative theme of the French Quarter. Why a faculty member would contribute a plethora of material to a student publication may be explained by Spratling's youth - merely 25 he was far more a contemporary of his students than a grizzled pedagogue - and, as noted on the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity roll (pg 223), Sullivan shared membership with "Fratres in Facultate" professor Spratling. "WS" drawings, several of which are color tinted, appear on pages 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 41, 43, 115, 141, 161, 183, 193, 215, 309, 349, and 400. A Spratling-drawn decorative border embellishes nearly every page as well. Eight Sullivan portraits/caricatures of Tulane faculty members with humorous captions (pgs 379-386) further hint at Spratling's artistic input for they are quite imitative of the Spratling and William Faulkner collaboration SHERWOOD ANDERSON AND OTHER FAMOUS CREOLES which too was published in 1926. In addition to the PIKE fraternity page, Spratling is present in a faculty photograph on page 30 and is mentioned as "Instructor in Architecture" on page 39. After a perusal of references (excluding, however, the Tulane archives), there are no citations regarding Spratling's contribution to this Tulane yearbook and thus this "lost" collection of Spratling's artistic endeavors is now rediscovered. Tulane annuals enjoy a limited distribution and are uncommon. A very good copy. Description copyright David Hallinan, Bookseller. Bookseller Inventory #

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Publisher: New Orleans, LA - Nashville, TN: Tulane University, Newcomb College - Benson Printing Company, 1926.

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