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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Oliver Herford, American (Sheffield England 1863 - 1935)
Mr. Bear, for "A Three-Sided Question," by Oliver Herford
Other Titles
Alternate Title: A Three-Sided Question. Mr. Bear
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Black ink and black wash on heavy off-white wove paper
25.5 x 38.1 cm (10 1/16 x 15 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: black ink, l.r.: O. Herford
  • stamp: verso, purple ink, stamped: Art Department / The Century Co. / Union Square, / New York City
  • blind stamp: REYNOLD'S / BRISTOLBOARD [with design of a crown]
  • inscription: u.l., graphite: C3450
  • inscription: u.r., graphite: X
  • stamp: u.r., blue ink, stamped: 10235
  • inscription: u.r., graphite: Mr. Bear
  • stamp: center right, purple and black ink, stamped: 6-8 [8 crossed out in black] FINE PROOFS / 3 FLAT PROOFS
  • stamp: center right, purple and black ink, stamped and handwritten: [stamped in purple:] PLATE WANTED [handwritten in black:] Mch 17 / 97
  • inscription: l.l., graphite: 3/17
  • inscription: l.l., graphite: 63[ ]3P
  • inscription: lower center, graphite: 3 1/2
  • inscription: verso, black crayon: St. N. / A 8333 1/2
  • inscription: verso, blue pencil: 8 x 8 / 24-638
Evert Jansen Wendell, Bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1919.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Evert J. Wendell
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Oliver Herford, "A Three-Sided Question", St. Nicholas, Scribner & Co. (New York, NY, June 1897), vol. XXIV, no. 8, reproduced in b/w p. 638

Oliver Herford, The Bashful Earthquake and Other Fables and Verses, Charles Scribner's Sons (New York, NY, 1898), reproduced in b/w p. 49

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