"Thank you for putting us together"
Johnston, David Claypoole. Outlines illustrative of a F.A.K. (Boston: D.C. Johnston, 1835). 8 leaves of plates.
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Jack Larkin (1943-2013), a long-term fellow, did significant research on the American artist and humorist David Claypoole Johnston (1799-1865) while in residence at AAS. As a tribute to Jack’s scholarship and generosity, several AAS fellows and researchers wished to adopt in his memory. This title was used by Jack in the course of his research and reflects both Johnston’s sense of humor and Jack’s prevailing interest in illustrations of American life. Johnston intended these pages to be cut and inserted in the period journal of Fanny Kemble; the wrapper reads, “Note: Persons possessing the journal may render its pages more interesting and intelligble by 'cutting up' the following illustrations, and transferring them to their proper places. The dotted line surrounding each print, marks the size of the page, and will serve as a guide in the process of exscissorization.” Summarizing his fellowship, Jack highlighted the serendipity of collections – and friendships, “thank you for putting us together.”