Kenneth Kendall used a combination of graphite, charcoal, and conté crayon for his drawings. Some were created as preliminary studies for his larger paintings, but many were made as finished works or as a way to document the frequent visitors to his studio.

 

This is a selection of some of the rarely seen drawings:

Jeff Richards (study for painting)
Jeff Richards (study for painting)

May 1946 charcoal and graphite on paper 17" x 13 ¾"

Mrs. Bernard Harrison, March 4, 1946
Mrs. Bernard Harrison, March 4, 1946

graphite, charcoal and conté crayon on paper inscribed and signed (lower right) 14 ½" x 10 ½"

George Robotham (study for painting)
George Robotham (study for painting)

Feb. 10-12, 1948 graphite, charcoal and conté crayon on paper inscribed and signed (lower right) 15 ¼" x 12 ½"

First Sitting – Tab Hunter, 1949
First Sitting – Tab Hunter, 1949

graphite on paper stamped, inscribed and dated (lower right) 17" x 13 ¾"

Ina Souez, Feb. 19, 1947
Ina Souez, Feb. 19, 1947

charcoal, graphite and gouache on paper inscribed, dated and signed (lower right) 17" x 14"

Robert Mitchum, c.1949
Robert Mitchum, c.1949

graphite on paper 16" x 14"

Charles Van, c.1949
Charles Van, c.1949

conté crayon, graphite and charcoal on paper inscribed, signed and dated (center right) 22" x 17"

Untitled (Male headshot)
Untitled (Male headshot)

charcoal and graphite on paper stamped and marked with a ‘K’ (lower right) 17" x 13 ¾"

Study for Steve Reeves
Study for Steve Reeves

Handing his Card, 1951 conté crayon, graphite, charcoal and gouache on paper stamped, inscribed, signed and dated (lower left) 24" x 18"

Lew Costa
Lew Costa

charcoal on paper inscribed and stamped (center right) 25" x 19"

Mauvais Garçon (Robert Jesse Allen)
Mauvais Garçon (Robert Jesse Allen)

charcoal on paper stamped, inscribed and signed (center right) 25" x 19"

Robert Conrad
Robert Conrad

charcoal on paper double stamped (lower left) 25" x 19"

Two Brandos, 1953
Two Brandos, 1953

charcoal on paper stamped and dated (center right) 25" x 19"

Steve, 1953
Steve, 1953

charcoal on paper inscribed, stamped and dated (center right) 25" x 19"

Self-portrait as a Harlequin, 1953
Self-portrait as a Harlequin, 1953

conté crayon and charcoal on paper signed dated and stamped ‘Kenneth Kendall 1955’ (lower right) 15" x 12"