ATHOS MENABONI COLLECTION
Athos Menaboni (1895-1990), a native of Livorno, Italy, was a Georgia artist. He and his wife Sara lived in North Atlanta in a combination home, studio and bird sanctuary. During his lifetime, Menaboni painted more than 150 species of birds. Time magazine compared Athos Menaboni to the artist John James Audubon, calling him "Audubon's heir."
Menaboni showed talent in the arts at an early age. He studied at the Royal Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. After serving in the Italian Army in the First World War, Athos Menaboni moved to the United State via North Africa. During the 1920s, Athos worked as an architectural sculptor for the developer of homes on Davis Island in Tampa Bay. Menaboni came to Atlanta in 1927 under a commission from a Mr. Cone. While in Atlanta, Athos Menaboni was introduced to the Atlanta architect Phillip Shutze and produced several mural projects for him. While waiting for a mural commission, Menaboni painted his first bird and bird art became his passion.
Callaway Gardens was the beneficiary of the Athos Menaboni estate. Several pieces of the collection are displayed at Callaway Gardens.
SERIES VIII: ATHOS MENABONI COLLECTION c. 1900-1989
This series is divided into four sections: correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs and art works. Most of the correspondence is contained in seven scrapbook-type binders. In addition to these binders, there are six mounted and matted letters. Scrapbooks contain a wide variety of information covering the lives of Athos and Sara Menaboni. There are original sketches, photographs and newspaper clippings dating from the early 1900s to 1989. The art works comprise original Athos Menaboni paintings, lithographs and proposed art projects. Included in the artwork section are paintings by Roger Tory Peterson and Leonard L. Schule, friends of Menaboni. These are included in this collection as they were part of the Menaboni estate.
Folder 1 Six unframed, individually mounted and matted letters
Cason Callaway to Sara Menaboni, 1952
Cason Callaway to Athos Menaboni, 1953
Howard "Bo" Callaway to Sara Menaboni, 1954
Ivan Allen, Jr. to Athos Menaboni, April 1963
Ivan Allen, Jr. to Athos Menaboni, July 1963
Virginia Hand Callaway to Athos Menaboni, n. d.
Volume 1 1944-89
Volume 2 The "Menaboni Conspiracy," c. 1963
Volume 3 1944-89
Volume 4 The Progressive Farmer and Rinehart Publishing
Volume 5 1928-54
Volume 6 Ida Cason Callaway Gardens, 1953-80
Volume 7 1950-89
Vol. 8-10 1955-58
Volume 11 From the Tampa Daily Times, 1924
Vol. 12-13 c. 1900 - 1980
Volume 14 Newspaper and magazine articles found in attic, c.1943-89
Volume 15 Creation of Davis Island, Tampa, Florida, c. 1924
Vol. 16-18 n. d.
Athos Menaboni, c.1915
Athos Menaboni, c. 1945
Athos and Sara Menaboni, c. 1947
Athos and Sara Menaboni with their Irish Setter, c. 1947
Athos and Sara Menaboni with Molly Aeck, c. 1963
Athos and Sara Menaboni n.d.
Menaboni working, n.d.
Oriental Design, n.d.
Volume 19 Transparencies of Menaboni's art.
Alexander H. Stephens Birthplace, Liberty Hall
Baltimore Orioles (Roger Tory Peterson)
Bedouin Woman Bizert North Africa
Black and White engraving
Brown Thrasher and Cherokee Rose
Chinese Hibiscus (93 Copies)
Collection of 240 bird sketches
Connecticut Brook (Leonard L. Schule lithograph)
Design for a Mural (2 images on a single board)
Designs for the American Camellia Society
Eagle in Profile
Five Cedar Waxwings Perched on a Branch (Peterson)
Four pencil sketches of birds
Golden Clavaria Aurea
Group of color lithographs produced for Mary Maobley: Brown Leghorn,
Pair of Quail, Pair of Mourning Dove, Black Minorca
Group of nine black and white photo panels
Kanji of sign of Menaboni name in blue
Liberty Hall Home of Alexander H. Stephens
Mask and Roots
Monkey and Toucan in Foliage
Male and Female Cardinal (Peterson)
Of the People, By the People, For the People
Pair of Blue Jays (Peterson)
Pink paper with Menaboni in Japanese
Portrait of a Woman (Mixed media)
Portrait of a Woman (Oil)
Preliminary Illustration for the World Book Encyclopedia
Proposed wall treatment for Dempsey Hotel
Red-winged Blackbirds (Peterson)
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak (Peterson
Sand Terns in Flight
Series of pencil sketches from a never published book titled Pedro
Set of eight Roger Tory Peterson lithographs
Siamese temple rubbing of a dancing Siva
Silk painting of bird
Still Life with Bottles and Garlic
That Shall He Also Reap
Tree and Fireflies
Three proposed murals: Mother Earth Bestowing Gifts to Chattanooga,
Eagle flanked by men, Olive branch-wrapped scroll
Three proposed murals: Three White Cranes, Birds and Deer, Flock of White Cranes Two Hooded Mergansers
Two pairs of lithographs: Green, Yellow, and Red Maple Leaves, Tulip Tree
Two sketches of human heads
Unfinished Blue Butterfly and Dogwood (1 Large & 1 small)
Whatsoever a Man Soweth (1 Large & 1 small)