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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Stuart Davis, American (Philadelphia, PA 1892 - 1964 New York, NY)
Boats and Dock
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Opaque watercolor over graphite on tan illustration board, prepared with white ground
30.7 × 40.5 cm (12 1/16 × 15 15/16 in.)
frame: 43.3 × 53.3 × 3.2 cm (17 1/16 × 21 × 1 1/4 in.)
mat: 30.5 × 40.6 cm (12 × 16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: gouache, l.r.: STUART DAVIS '37
  • label: backing board, paper, English: no. JL
  • label: backing board, paper, English
  • stamp: reverse of board, stamped: HUDSON ILLUSTRATION BOARD/LIGHT WEIGHT SIZES/20 x 30 22 x 30 30 x 40/HEAVY WEIGHT SIZES/20 x 30 30 x 40


Recorded Ownership History
Stuart Davis. Julian Levi, New York, New York, 1939. Camille Paul, Paris. Robert Ellsberg, Ossining, New York, 1987. [Nielsen Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts], sold; to Fogg Art Museum, 1987.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Acquired through the Deknatel Purchase Fund and through the generosity of Sabatino Abate, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Bennett and Warren and Jane Shapleigh
© Estate of Stuart Davis / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Publication History

  • Emily Genauer, "This Week in Art: Event of Consequences", New York World-Telegram (February 2, 1946), p. 4 (as "Boat and Dock")
  • William C. Agee and Karen Wilkin, Stuart Davis: A Catalogue Raisonné. Catalogue Entries 1324-1749, ed. Ani Boyajian and Mark Rutkoski, Yale University Art Gallery and Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven, CT, 2007), vol. 2, no. 1230, repr.
  • Jennifer McComas, Swing Landscape: Stuart Davis and the Modernist Mural, exh. cat., Eskenazi Museum of Art and Yale University Press (Bloomington and New Haven, 2020), p. 128, ill. (color)
  • Joachim Homann, Margaret Morgan Grasselli, and Miriam Stewart, ed., American Watercolors, 1880–1990: Into the Light, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2023), repr. as pl. 43 on p. 112

Exhibition History

  • Stuart Davis Retrospective Exhibition: Gouaches, Watercolors, Drawings, 1912 to 1941, The Downtown Gallery, New York, 01/29/1946 - 02/16/1946
  • Modern Art for Harvard: Prints and Drawings Acquired through the Generosity of Frederick B. and Virginia H. Deknatel, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/31/1995 - 08/06/1995
  • American Watercolors and Pastels, 1875-1950, at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/08/2006 - 06/25/2006
  • Swing Landscape: Stuart Davis and the Modernist Mural, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Bloomington, 02/05/2022 - 05/22/2022
  • American Watercolors, 1880–1990: Into the Light, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/20/2023 - 08/13/2023

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