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A black-and-white photograph portrays a man with hands on hips facing a bank’s storefront window.

A black-and-white photograph shows the upper half of a man, off center to the left, wearing a pleated beanie, a long-sleeve shirt, and overalls with crisscross straps, his back to the viewer with hands on hips, looking at a poster in a bank’s storefront window. There is a large clock in the center of the window, another poster hanging on the right, and the name of the bank runs from the center to the upper right. Reflected in the window are the cars and shops on the opposite side of the street, and the profile of another man holding a camera at left.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Ben Shahn, American (Kovno (now Kaunas), Lithuania 1898 - 1969 New York, NY)
Untitled (Washington Court House, Ohio)
Work Type
July 1938-August 1938
Creation Place: North America, United States, Ohio, Washington Court House
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Physical Descriptions

Gelatin silver print
sheet; actual: 20.5 x 25.5 cm (8 1/16 x 10 1/16 in.)
image: 16.6 x 24.4 cm (6 9/16 x 9 5/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: inscribed in graphite on verso, upper center: Ben Shahn at left in reflection; inscribed in red ink on masking tape affixed to verso: 155; inscribed in graphite on verso, center: 6402M4; stamped in black ink on verso, lower right: PLEASE CREDIT F.S.A. FARM SECURITY ADMINISTRATION PHOTO BY: SHAHN; inscribed in black ink on verso, lower right: P

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Bernarda Bryson Shahn
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Publication History

  • Davis Pratt, ed., The Photographic Eye of Ben Shahn, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA and London, England, 1975), 120
  • James Cuno, Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Ivan Gaskell, and William W. Robinson, Harvard's Art Museums: 100 Years of Collecting, ed. James Cuno, Harvard University Art Museums and Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (Cambridge, MA, 1996), 303
  • Masterpieces of world art : Fogg Art Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1997

Exhibition History

  • Chasing Shadows, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/21/1995 - 04/02/1995
  • HAA 1 Survey Course: Landmarks of World Art and Architecture [Spring 2007], Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 02/26/2007 - 04/08/2007
  • HAA 1 Survey Course (S421): Landmarks of World Art and Architecture [Spring 2009], Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 02/12/2009 - 05/10/2009
  • HAA 1 Survey Course (S421): Landmarks of World Art and Architecture (Spring 2010), Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 02/05/2010 - 05/09/2010
  • 32Q: 1320 Social Realism, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/05/2016 - 03/29/2017

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