Cabinet of Curiosities

Cabinet of Curiosities: Campus drawings

Margaret Whittemore (1897-1983)
Old Chapel, Washburn University
Collection of Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University

This lithograph depicts MacVicar Chapel, which was built in 1890. Students were required to attend chapel every day in Washburn’s early years.

Margaret Whittemore was the daughter of Luther Denny Whittemore, professor of Latin and education at Washburn, and Frances Davis Whittemore, founder of Washburn’s art department and the Mulvane Art Museum. Margaret earned a BA from Washburn in 1919. In 1936 she published Sketchbook of Kansas Landmarks, which included many depictions of historic buildings.

A lithograph and an etching

Avis Chitwood (1894-1994)
Washburn Tower

Collection of Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University

This etching portrays the bell tower that was attached to Thomas Gymnasium, which was constructed in 1908.

Avis Chitwood studied printmaking at Washburn with Mary Huntoon during the 1930s. She then taught etching and watercolor at Washburn for four years.

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