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)
May 1946
charcoal and graphite on paper
17" x 13 ¾"
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)
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
graphite on paper
stamped, inscribed and dated (lower right)
17" x 13 ¾"
Ina Souez, Feb. 19, 1947
charcoal, graphite and gouache on paper
inscribed, dated and signed (lower right)
17" x 14"
Robert Mitchum, c.1949
graphite on paper
16" x 14"
Charles Van, c.1949
conté crayon, graphite and charcoal on paper
inscribed, signed and dated (center right)
22" x 17"
Untitled (Male headshot)
charcoal and graphite on paper
stamped and marked with a ‘K’ (lower right)
17" x 13 ¾"
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
charcoal on paper
inscribed and stamped (center right)
25" x 19"
Mauvais Garçon (Robert Jesse Allen)
charcoal on paper
stamped, inscribed and signed (center right)
25" x 19"
Robert Conrad
charcoal on paper
double stamped (lower left)
25" x 19"
Two Brandos, 1953
charcoal on paper
stamped and dated (center right)
25" x 19"
Steve, 1953
charcoal on paper
inscribed, stamped and dated (center right)
25" x 19"
Self-portrait as a Harlequin, 1953
conté crayon and charcoal on paper
signed dated and stamped ‘Kenneth Kendall 1955’ (lower right)
15" x 12"
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    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"