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Walter J. Biggs's Sketches and Memorabilia

Unidentified Portrait

This portrait by the Virginia-born illustrator Walter J. Biggs is of an unidentified young woman. The artist used a combination of pastels, watercolor, charcoal, and graphite to make the image. In 1921 Biggs, who lived full-time in New York City, had a studio built behind his mother's house in Salem for use during his frequent visits. He kept notebooks with sketches like this one of the local people and sights in the Roanoke Valley.

Original Author: Walter J. Biggs

Created: Twentieth century

Medium: Pastel-watercolor-charcoal-and-graphite sketch

Courtesy of Roanoke College Archives

Figures inside a Room

An unfinished sketch by the Virginia-born artist Walter J. Biggs depicts several figures inside a room. In 1921 Biggs, who lived full-time in New York City, had a studio built behind his mother's house in Salem for use during his frequent visits. He kept notebooks with sketches like this one of the local people and sights in the Roanoke Valley.

Original Author: Walter J. Biggs

Created: Twentieth century

Medium: Oil paint-and-pencil sketch

Courtesy of Roanoke College Archives

Rose Tie

This Arrow silk tie, probably from the 1950s, is embellished with a painting of a rose. Walter Biggs, a Virginia-born artist who became a well-known illustrator in New York City, painted this tie and gave it to a member of a Salem men's club devoted to the cultivation of roses. This tie is part of the Walter Biggs collection of art and memorabilia at the Roanoke College Archives in Salem.

Original Author: Walter J. Biggs

Created: ca. 1950s

Medium: Silk tie with acrylic paint

Courtesy of Roanoke College Archives

Woman in a Chair

The seated woman in this sketch is probably Annie Southall Biggs of Salem, the mother of the artist Walter Biggs. Known as "Mother Biggs" to the local Roanoke College students, she took in some of the students as boarders and chaperoned their dances. In 1921 Walter Biggs, who lived full-time in New York City, had a studio built behind his mother's house for use during his frequent visits. He kept notebooks with sketches like this one of the local people and sights in the Roanoke Valley. 

Original Author: Walter J. Biggs

Medium: Ballpoint pen sketch

Courtesy of Roanoke College Archives

Dog Sketch

This pencil sketch of dogs is included in a notebook kept by the Virginia-born artist Walter Biggs. The popular illustrator lived full-time in New York City, but in 1921 he had a studio built behind his mother's house in Salem for use during his frequent visits. He kept notebooks with sketches like this one of the local people and sights in the Roanoke Valley.

Original Author: Walter J. Biggs

Created: Twentieth century

Medium: Pencil sketch

Courtesy of Roanoke College Archives

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  • Unidentified Portrait

    This portrait by the Virginia-born illustrator Walter J. Biggs is of an unidentified young woman. The artist used a combination of pastels, watercolor, charcoal, and graphite to make the image. In 1921 Biggs, who lived full-time in New York City, had a studio built behind his mother's house in Salem for use during his frequent visits. He kept notebooks with sketches like this one of the local people and sights in the Roanoke Valley.

    Original Author: Walter J. Biggs

    Created: Twentieth century

    Medium: Pastel-watercolor-charcoal-and-graphite sketch

    Courtesy of Roanoke College Archives

  • Figures inside a Room

    An unfinished sketch by the Virginia-born artist Walter J. Biggs depicts several figures inside a room. In 1921 Biggs, who lived full-time in New York City, had a studio built behind his mother's house in Salem for use during his frequent visits. He kept notebooks with sketches like this one of the local people and sights in the Roanoke Valley.

    Original Author: Walter J. Biggs

    Created: Twentieth century

    Medium: Oil paint-and-pencil sketch

    Courtesy of Roanoke College Archives

  • Rose Tie

    This Arrow silk tie, probably from the 1950s, is embellished with a painting of a rose. Walter Biggs, a Virginia-born artist who became a well-known illustrator in New York City, painted this tie and gave it to a member of a Salem men's club devoted to the cultivation of roses. This tie is part of the Walter Biggs collection of art and memorabilia at the Roanoke College Archives in Salem.

    Original Author: Walter J. Biggs

    Created: ca. 1950s

    Medium: Silk tie with acrylic paint

    Courtesy of Roanoke College Archives

  • Woman in a Chair

    The seated woman in this sketch is probably Annie Southall Biggs of Salem, the mother of the artist Walter Biggs. Known as "Mother Biggs" to the local Roanoke College students, she took in some of the students as boarders and chaperoned their dances. In 1921 Walter Biggs, who lived full-time in New York City, had a studio built behind his mother's house for use during his frequent visits. He kept notebooks with sketches like this one of the local people and sights in the Roanoke Valley. 

    Original Author: Walter J. Biggs

    Medium: Ballpoint pen sketch

    Courtesy of Roanoke College Archives

  • Dog Sketch

    This pencil sketch of dogs is included in a notebook kept by the Virginia-born artist Walter Biggs. The popular illustrator lived full-time in New York City, but in 1921 he had a studio built behind his mother's house in Salem for use during his frequent visits. He kept notebooks with sketches like this one of the local people and sights in the Roanoke Valley.

    Original Author: Walter J. Biggs

    Created: Twentieth century

    Medium: Pencil sketch

    Courtesy of Roanoke College Archives