Several original pieces of art as well as reproductions hang in Cornette Library, including paintings, prints, and engravings.

Texas Panhandle Artists

Olive Vandruff

Pronghorn on the prairie
Untitled Panhandle Scene with Pronghorns

Olive Vandruff (1908-2003) was born in Ohio and studied with Edmund Giesbert at the University of Chicago. She moved to Kerrville, Texas in 1950 and worked with San Antonio sculptor Pompeo Coppini. In 1960, she married Clarendon, Texas, artist Harold Bugbee. When Bugbee died in 1963, she assumed his position as curator of art at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, a position she held until 1986. Vandruff lives in Clarendon, Texas, and specializes in paintings of animals.

The painting was placed in the library in memory of Miss Bertie May Williams for 38 years of devoted library service.

A. W. Mack

Rescue of Andromeda
Rescue of Andromeda
Sacrifice to Neptune
Sacrifice to Neptune

Alexander Watson Mack (1894-1988) was born in Pumpherston, Scotland. He studied at the Herriott-Watt Engineering College at Edinburgh and at the Edinburgh College of Art as well as the Royal Academy in London and in galleries and museums of Europe. He taught at West Texas State's Palo Duro Art Colony during the summers along with Harold Bugbee, Amy Jackson, and Isabel Robinson.

The paintings were presented to the library by Dr. and Mrs. James K. Knott in memory of Velma James Knott.

Rescue of Andromeda
Rescue of Andromeda

Alexander Watson Mack (1894-1988) was born in Pumpherston, Scotland. He studied at the Herriott-Watt Engineering College at Edinburgh and at the Edinburgh College of Art as well as the Royal Academy in London and in galleries and museums of Europe. He taught at West Texas State's Palo Duro Art Colony during the summers along with Harold Bugbee, Amy Jackson, and Isabel Robinson.

The paintings were presented to the library by Dr. and Mrs. James K. Knott in memory of Velma James Knott.

Sacrifice to Neptune
Sacrifice to Neptune

Isabel Robinson

Untitled Water Color
Untitled Panhandle Scene with Pronghorns

Isabel Robinson (1894-1976) was a native of Missouri and studied at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Pratt Institute, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. She was head of the art department at West Texas State Teachers College from 1927 to 1955. While at WT, she founded the Palo Duro School of Art, a summer school offered in the 1930s.

Dr. Emilio Caballero

Copper enamel art Conquistadors in the Blackburn Room

Dr. Emilio Caballero, former professor and art department head at West Texas State, created these two panels of enameled copper art.

Cornette library thanks Dr. Caballero for donating these pieces.

Copper enamel art Conquistadors in the Blackburn Room

Boydell Engravings

The Library owns three Eighteenth Century engravings published by John and Josiah Boydell. The engravings illustrate scenes from Shakespeare, and were a gift from Wendy Marsh. Images of the engravings are currently unavailable. Titles and descriptions appear below.

Merry Wives of Windsor. Act II. Scene I.
Engraved by Robert Thew after a painting by the Reverend William Peters. Published December 24, 1793. The wives discover Falstaff has written them identical love letters in hopes of swindling them out of their money.
King Henry. Part II. Act II. Scene IV.
Engraved by William Leney after a painting by Henry Fuseli. Published March 25, 1795. Prince Hal eavesdrops as Falstaff boasts about his own superiority which in reality is questionable.
Merry Wives of Windsor. Act III. Scene III.
Engraved by I.P. Simon after a painting by the Reverend William Peters. Published December 24, 1793. The wives seek their revenge in an elaborate plot culminating in Falstaff's concealment in a basket of foul laundry.

Pippa Statue

Photo of plaster sculpture Pippa Passes
Pippa Passes

On loan from the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, Pippa Passes graces the library's Atrium reading area. This large plaster sculpture by Texas artist Waldine Tauch is the original which was used for the bronze casting that is displayed in front of the Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor University.

The sculpture was inspired by the dramatic poem of the same name by Robert Browning. The four medallions in back of the girl's figure represent the poem's four main divisions. It's best known line is: "God's in His heaven, All's right with the world"

The library's coffee shop "Pippa's" was in turn inspired by the statue.

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