Friday, November 15, 2013

Frances W. Delehanty

I want to thank fellow collector Richard Schimmelpfeng who did most of the research for this article .

About thirty five years ago a bookseller  offered  the Urling Sibley bookplate to me. I was immediately drawn to it  and added it to my collection.The artist's name Frances W. Delehanty  was  on the plate but I was unable to find any significant published material about her. As it turns out she was still alive at the time and living in Connecticut.
Two weeks ago Richard Schimmelfeng  asked me what I knew about her and we decided to collaborate .

 Here is what has been discovered thus far from our joint research.

If  you know of  any bookplates by Frances W. Delehanty which are not listed below please contact me.
Lew Jaffe

Bookplates By Frances Washington Delehanty

Hello Lew,
My name is David Hildt, and Frances W. Delehanty was my great aunt. I came across your blog after googling FWD, and I was amazed to see your collection of bookplates which she created. I am sending you a copy of the only one in my possession. It is one she made for her younger brother, Thornton Augustin Washington Delehanty, who was also the brother of my grandfather, John Bradley Delehanty.
 Our family history hasn't been kept up very well in that last few decades, so your collection has enriched our heritage.
Thank you!
David Hildt

Image of Daniel Delehanty bookplate from Special Collections Department University of Delaware Library
Jean Adams Gair

Louisa Wells Post (Proof)

Maud Powell- An Image is needed

 “Bookplate for Robert Means Thompson, ” Digital Collections - Lake Forest College, ,

Two Unsigned bookplates  below  might have been done by Frances Delehanty but the jury is still out.

Carol Ann Brown,  Director of the Old Bethlehem Historical Society sent this image of
 Lauren Ford and Frances Delehanty
Lauren Ford on left, Frances Delehanty on right

Frances W. (Fanny) Delehanty, American artist, illustrator, 1879-1977. Born in San Francisco, lived in New York City area, possibly Washington D.C. area also.  Listed in New York City Social Register. She descended from both the Washington and Madison families.  She studied at Pratt Institute and had one woman shows in New York City.  In later years, circa 1940s, she lived in Bethlehem Connecticut with Lauren Ford (1891-1973), another artist, at “Sheepfold” on Crane Hollow Road.  She spent some years in France, served as a nurse in World War I, and after World War II she and Miss Ford brought nuns from Solesmes to Bethlehem where they started the present Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis.
She was an author and illustrator of several children’s books for young Catholics.

Check List of Known Bookplates

As an illustrator she used the name of F.W. Delehanty, or Frances W. Delehanty, and used a monogram of FD.  Apparently in later years she used the name of Fanny, rather than Frances.

               Adelrich Benziger                              (monogram ’01)

               Theodore E. Blake                             (monogram ’20)

               Edgar Howard Boles                           (F.W. Delehanty 1921)

               Cyris Townsend Brady                         (monogram ’07)

               Victor E. Brenner                                 (monogram)

               Daniel Delehanty, U.S. Navy

               Thornton Delehanty            

               Blanca Duncan                                      (Frances W. Delehanty)

               Thomas Butler Eastland                       (monogram)

               Louisine Waldron Ferrier                     (monogram)

               Francisca Club                                      (F.S. Delehanty 04)

               Alva B. Gimbel                                       (F.W. Delehanty)

               Herbert Ten Broeck Jacquelin               (monogram)

               Raphaelle Johnson

               Clarence H. Mackay                              (monogram ’07)

               Katherine Mackay                              (Frances W. Delehanty ’07)

               Ethel Louise McLean                              F.W. Delehanty ’09)

               Caroline Newhall                              (F.W. Delehanty)

               Sarah Thompson Pell                             (F.W. Delehanty ’05)

               Pratt Art Club                                             (monogram ’06)

               Constance Helen Pulitzer                          (F.W. Delehanty)
               Almira Rockefeller                              (monograpm ’20)

               Urline Sibley                                             (F.W. Delehanty ’10)

               Kate Cameron Simmons

               Nora E. Snow                                             (monogram)

               Robert Means Thompson, ,                          (monogram)

               Alice Kip van Vleck                                     (monogram)

               James H. Weeks Memorial Collection         (monogram)

Checklist of books written or illustrated by

Frances W. Delehanty  

               Canticle of the Three Children in the Fiery Furnace.  New York : Sheed & Ward, 1936.

               The Works of Jesus, by Edna S. Little.  San Francisco : Paul Elder Co., 1909.
               Cover by Frances W. Delehanty.

               Love in a Dutch Garden, by Nerth Boyce, illustrated by Frances W. Delehanty.  Harper’s          Weekly, Jan. 10, 1914.

               A Group of Recent Portraits by Frances W. Delehanty.  New York : Ferargil Galleries.  1927.

               Sunday Mass Set to Single Gregorian Formulae, by Justine Ward.  New ed.  Desclee.  1943.

               Heralds of the King : the story of the Nativity, by Gertrude Crownfield ;
pictures by Frances W. Delehanty.  New York : Dutton, 1931.

Reference Material

Delehanty,  Mrs. Daniel  439 E. 51
            Miss Bertha R. Delehanty
            Miss Frances W. Delehanty
            Mr. Thornton W. Delehanty

Journal of the Ex Libris Society, v. 15 (1904) p. 117.

Rights, Edith.  Women Bookplate Artists .(privately printed)

Obituary, Hartford Courant, Jan. 14, 1977.

Miscellaneous Background Information
Family Tombstone in Hawthorne New York

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