Julius J. Lankes

American , 1884 - 1960

Julius J. Lankes was born in Buffalo, New York. He graduated from the Buffalo Commercial and Electro- Mechanical Institute in 1902 and was employed as a draftsman, specializing in patent drawings. He continued his studies at the Art Student’s League of Buffalo and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School.

Lankes recorded his first woodcut in 1917 and in 1921, Bolton Brown, a respected lithographer, published a pamphlet on Lankes’s work. He collaborated with Charles Burchfield from 1923 to 1927 to engrave eleven of Burchfield’s drawings into wood. His engravings were used to illustrate many books, including “West Running Brook” by Robert Frost. He also produced woodcuts to illustrate works by August Derleth, Ellen Glasgow, Roark Bradford and R.P.T. Coffin.

After a brief visit to Europe in 1925, Lankes and his family moved to Hilton Village, near Newport News, Virginia. In 1932 he accepted a lectureship at Wells College in Aurora, New York and for the next seven years, he taught there, returning to Virginia during the summers. In 1943 Lankes joined the reproduction section of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, where he remained until 1950. Lankes was a member of the Society of Graphic Artists, the National Academy of Design and the Prairie Printmakers.
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