Jay T. Last
“We live today in a sea of color images—printed and electronic—and we find it hard to imagine a time when reproductions in color were a prized commodity,” writes lithography collector Jay T. Last in his award-winning book “The Color Explosion: Nineteenth-Century American Lithography” (Hillcrest Press, 2005). Last’s exhaustive volume, documenting the history of hundreds of American lithographic businesses, is testimony to his passion for and knowledge of lithography’s impact on American consumer culture. His collection of 135,000 objects is a gift in progress to The Huntington. The enormous scope of the material—complemented by The Huntington’s holdings in European and American printmaking, book illustration, and design; photography (particularly of California and the West); and cartography—makes The Huntington an important center for scholarship in the field of graphic arts. Last received a doctorate in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was one of the founders of Fairchild Semiconductor Corp.
On view Oct. 17, 2009–Feb 22, 2010
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