Extent: 228 items
Not much information is available about the life and training of Anthony F. Dumas. His death certificate records his birth on August 30, 1882 in Saint-Anne, France. Both his parents were French, but when he immigrated to the United States is unclear. The death certificate lists his trade as “ornamental plaster” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He and his wife Marie lived in the Bronx and were residents of New York City for at least the last 17 years of his life. He died at home on January 21, 1943.
Scope and Content
The collection contains 227 pen-and-ink of stage and film theatres located in the five boroughs of New York City. All works were created by Anthony F. Dumas sometime between ca. 1916 and 1942. Also included is a floor plan and exterior drawing of the artist’s home. Theatre drawings depict front exteriors and most often feature only one building on a single page. There are at least three works that group performance spaces from different parts of the United States with New York City theatres (75.200.31, 75.200.37 and 75.207.50). Dumas worked from photographs to capture early theatres before they were demolished. He may have also drawn from life.