Texas Tech University

Diamond M Collection

3 images - woman riding horse, men sitting at table in cowboy gear as another man walks in, young woman sitting next to large vase filled with flowers

The Diamond M Art Collection, developed over many decades by Clarence Thurston and Evelyn Claire Littleton McLaughlin, carries the name of their oil business and ranch that was located near Snyder, Texas. In 1993, the collection was donated by the Diamond M Foundation to the Museum of Texas Tech University and includes over 380 American paintings, drawings and sculptures from the late 19th to the mid-20th centuries. The role of artist-illustrators in developing western American narratives presents an important theme throughout this collection. Of particular note is a selection of works by N.C. Wyeth and W.H. D. Koerner. Also, a select group of Asian, primarily Chinese, carved ivories and jades are part of the collection. Works from this collection are on view in the Diamond M Gallery.



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