EASTMAN, Alvan Clark. München 10.1.1894 — 9.9.1959. U.S. Art Historian. Son of Charles Rochester E. and Caroline A. Clark. From 1923 Assistant in Oriental Division in Museum of Fine Art in Boston. In 1925-29 Curator, Oriental Art, Institute of Arts in Detroit. In 1940 A.B. and A.M. Harvard and A.M. New York University. In 1947-48 director of Public Museum in Evansville, Indiana, 1948-50 of Art Institute in Pasadena, California, from 1950 of Winnipeg Art Gallery, later also of Brooklyn Museum. Interested in Indian and Chinese art, in the relation between literature and painting.
Publications: Review of Brown’s Manuscript illustration of the Uttaradhyayana Sūtra, 1941, JAOS 62, 1942, 77-80.
– “Iranian Influences in Śvetāmbara Jaina Painting in the Early Western Indian Style”, JAOS 63, 1943, 93-113; “An Illustrated Jain Manuscript Transitional to the Rajput Style”, JAOS 63, 1943, 285-288.
– “The Naiṣadhacarita as the Source Text of the Nala-Damayantī Drawings”, JAOS 70, 1950, 238-242.
– The Nala-Damayanti Drawings. 20+119 p. 47 pl. Boston 1959 (of Kangra school).
Sources: Dir. Am. Sch. 2nd ed. 1952; not in Who Was Who in Am.
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