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Identification and Creation

Object Number
1996.18
People
Alexander Calder, American (Philadelphia, PA 1898 - 1976 New York, NY)
Title
Buchholz Gallery Catalogue Illustration: Prelude to the Man-Eater; Starfish; Octopus
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Sketches for Mobiles (and "Octopus"); Catalogue illustration: Prelude to the Man-Eater; Starfish; Octopus
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
c. 1945
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/305839

Physical Descriptions

Medium
Black ink on heavy off-white wove paper
Dimensions
39.3 x 29.8 cm (15 1/2 x 11 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: black ink, upper right: Prelude to the Man-Eater; lower left: Starfish; lower right: Octopus; verso, graphite: 4000 / 3-2

Provenance

Recorded Ownership History
[Buchholz Gallery, Curt Valentin, New York, New York], sold; to Lois Orswell, Pomfret Center, Connecticut, 1946, gift; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1996.