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Graphic communications through the ages

The collection consists of 24 paintings illustrating the history methods for communicating the written word developed between 950 B.C. and the early twentieth century. The paintings were commissioned by the Kimberly-Clark Corporation of Neenah, Wisconsin, from artists Robert A. Thom (1915-1979), Douglas M. Parrish (1922-2001), and George I. Parrish Jr. (1930-1992).

Specific events, people, and technologies are portrayed in a series of paintings meant to be viewed in a chronological order, and titled:

Papyrus and Pictography (950-685 B.C.);
The Roman Alphabet (506 B.C.);
Charlemagne and the Monastic Scribes (800 A.D.);
Chinese Block Printing (868 A.D.);
Papermaking at Fabriano, Italy (1293);
Johann Gutenberg and Movable Type (1455);
Nicholas Jenson (1470); Aldus Manutius (1495);
Geofroy Tory and Simon de Colines (1525);
William Shakespeare's First Folio (1623);
John Peter Zenger (1735);
Benjamin Franklin (1758);
Alois Senefelder and Lithography (1796);
William Blake (1800);
Fourdrinier and the Papermaking Machine (1803);
Friederich Koenig and the Cylindrical Press (1814);
Lord Stanhope and Stereotyping (1804);
George P. Gordon and the Platen Press (1851);
Frederic E. Ives and the Half-tone Process (1878);
Ottmar Mergenthaler and the Linotype (1866);
William Morris (1890);
Tolbert Lanston and the Monotype (1894);
Ira Rubel and the Offset Press (1905);
and Frederic W. Goudy (1905)

Douglas M. Parrish (1922-2001), American painter and illustrator
George I. Parrish Jr. (1930-1992), American painter and illustrator
Robert Alan Thom (1915-1979), American painter and illustrator

View this collection's record in the RIT Libraries Catalog.