Jack London Tablet - carved redwood sculpture
Christian Chaffee (04/08/2009)
Jack London’s writing tablet is representative of an era in California’s history, and was created by Arthur Putnam, the famous animalist sculptor who was once praised by Auguste Rodin as, "the greatest animal sculptor alive". This writing tablet was the personal property of Jack London; one of America’s greatest, and most loved authors. The connection between these two great artists exists on many levels; most notably their advocacy of wild beasts and socialist political philosophies.
This unique sculpture depicts a famous dog, Buck, and was inspired by the novel The Call of the Wild, which brought Jack London fame. The Call of the Wild, is a story, which for the first time, brought the attention of the world, to the inhumane treatment, of man’s best friend, during the Klondike Gold Rush.
This was presented by a famous woman, Charmian London, at the Children’s Pets Exhibition of 1917. The recipient of this award was, James Rolph III; son of the then mayor of San Francisco, James "Sunny Jim" Rolph II.
From 1917 until 2003, Jack London’s writing tablet had slipped into obscurity and eventually became unknown to even exist.
It is amazing that exactly 100 years after it was created, it was fully authenticated.
A lost American treasure has been found, and is now recognized as an important piece of California’s history, which has been rescued from the jaws of time.
It is my hope, that this most interesting discovery, will spark the interest of a new generation, in reading Jack London’s works. The real treasures are the lessons woven into the fabric of Jack London’s works.
It’s the understanding of ourselves, which allows us to find our place in the world, gives us the strength to look beyond ourselves, and the determination to be stronger individuals. As stronger people we will represent the good side humanity well.
If you enjoy this website, you are going to love reading Jack London’s works.
Picture of tablet: jacklondontablet.com
Putnam shared studio with Earl Cummings
Putnam fan (06/23/2008)
Mr. Putnum shared a studio,with Earl Cummings of San Francisco, CA (a well known sculptor in San Francisco and San Diego areas). Arthur gave several of his casts to Earl. They were good buddies.
associate artist's notation & photojayne (oldfield) blatchly
If you check my website, sec. 3, figure 4, you will find a diary notation and photo of Arthur Putnam and wife during their visit to Oldfield's studio in Paris, 1922. Sorry, no details of Putnam's artwork have been found in our archives to date. Please email for website information .JMOB
A descendantMr. Kimberly Putnam Hall
I am a great grandson of Arthur Putnam and would like to hear from anyone who shares my interest in his work.