Four Views of Music

Because it’s been a little while since the last Four Views post, we thought it was time to do another. While “music” may seem a difficult thing to represent, our collections are so full of images related to the subject that it was difficult to only choose four. A few favorites are below.


Illustration by Robert Andrew Parker.  Parker also wrote and illustrated the book Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum, a children’s book about the eponymous jazz musician. Both the book and the original artwork for it are in the collection.

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Illustration by Cliff Condak, quite possibly for an album cover. During the 1960s and 1970s, Condak illustrated many album covers for people like George Gershwin, Glenn Gould, and Billie Holiday; original artwork and reproductions are available in the collection.

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Jack Unruh’s illustration of Lyle Lovett. More illustrations of musicians and other well-known figures can be found in the Jack Unruh Collection.

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An illustration for a January 1945 issue of Ladies’ Home Journal by Al Parker. (You can see the photograph on which this illustration is based in the digital exhibit Double Exposure.) Parker was a lifelong music lover, and after high school played drums with a jazz band on his grandfather’s riverboat.

About the author

Andrea Degener is the Visual Materials Processing Archivist in the department of Special Collections at Washington University Libraries.