Lot 38 of 426:
Archive of prints by Betty Lark-Horovitz  

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Archive of prints, drawings, and ephemera from Austrian-American artist Betty Lark-Horovitz

Lark-Horovitz, Betty

Various places


Various dates


Comprising over 1,000 individual pieces many of which are multiples, with assorted items from the artist's collection. Mediums include, woodblock prints, etchings, engravings, and drawings. Collection includes film negatives, printing blocks, proofs, and ephemera.

Betty Lark-Horovitz (also known as Betty Lark) was an Austrian-American artist who studied at the renowned Viennese Graphische Lehr und Versuchsanstalt (State Graphics Institute), and also at the Akademie der bildenden Kunste-Wien (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna), probably under graphic artist Ludwig Michalek (1859-1942) who taught classes at both schools. In 1917, she was featured in a joint exhibition with Lilly Steiner at the Halm Goldmann Gallery in Vienna. The year prior to her exhibition she married the Austrian physicist and later pioneer in the development of transistors Karl Lark-Horovitz. In 1926 she emigrated to the United States to join Karl who would become chair of the physics department at Purdue University. In 1928, she drove across the United States in a convertible touring car with her sister in law, and in her travels, recorded her sights in a set of engravings that were the basis of prints that were published by W.E. Rudge in 1930, With Graver and Woodblock over American Highways.  Purdue University commissioned her to create a set of etchings of their most architecturally interesting buildings: Ladies Hall, the Old Dormitory, the Pharmacy Building, University Hall, and the Mechanical Engineering Building. The limited edition (100) were underwritten by a Purdue alumnus and the sets were sold to benefit the University at a cost of $100 (in 1930). In 1959, she moved to Berkeley, California and resumed her work in engraving and printing, producing a limited edition of wood block engravings entitled ‘Through My Berkeley Windows’ which is held in the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Edan Hughes lists Betty Lark-Horovitz in his Dictionary of California Artists.


The Collection is categorized in the following subsections:

  • American Scenes - 120 items.
  • Through My Berkeley Windows - 377 items.
  • Buena Vista Flowers - 163 items.
  • Commercial work - 85 items.
  • Figurative drawings and prints - 49 items.
  • Indiana Flowers - 88 items.
  • Prints and drawings of Purdue University, 1929 - 78 items.
  • With Graver and Woodblock Over American Highways - US Highway Tour, a series of woodcuts and related material - 401 items.
  • Ephemera and items from her collection - 100 items.
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