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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Charles Demuth, American (Lancaster PA 1883 - 1935 Lancaster PA)
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Watercolor and graphite on off-white wove paper
actual: 45.9 x 30.1 cm (18 1/16 x 11 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: Graphite, l.l.: C Demuth / 1923
  • label: removed from backing, now in curatorial file, paper and black ink, handwritten: cat. #83
  • label: removed from backing, now in curatorial file, paper and black ink, typed: Demuth / Obj. 93 / Box 42
  • label: removed from backing, now in curatorial file, paper and black ink, stamped and typed
  • label: removed from backing, now in curatorial file, paper and black ink, printed and typed: Catalogue no. DR.87.337.1
  • watermark: partial watermark: [WHAT]MAN 1921


Recorded Ownership History
[Daniel Gallery, New York New York], sold; to Fogg Art Museum, 1925.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Friends of the Fogg Art Museum Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Publication History

  • Emily Farnham, "Charles Demuth: His Life, Psychology and Works" (Thesis, Ohio State University, 1959), Ohio State University, no. 468
  • Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, Peter G. Huenink, Earl A. Powell III, Harry Z. Rand, and Nanette C. Sexton, American Art at Harvard, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), cat. 135, ill.
  • Donelson F. Hoopes, American Watercolor Painting, Watson-Guptill Publications (New York, NY, 1977), ill. p. 165

Exhibition History

  • Unidentified Exhibition, Fine Arts Guild, 1935, Fine Arts Guild, Cambridge, 11/29/1935 - 12/07/1935
  • American Watercolors from the Museum's Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 02/01/1936 - 02/29/1936
  • Unidentified Watercolor Exhibition, Winchester Art Association, 1940, Winchester Art Association, Winchester, 11/29/1939 - 12/31/1939
  • Americans of Our Times, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, 07/01/1956 - 09/12/1956
  • Works of Charles Demuth, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, 09/24/1966 - 11/06/1966
  • The Mechanical Encrusted on the Living, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, 10/05/1971 - 11/07/1971; University Art Museum, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, 11/22/1971 - 01/03/1972; The Phillips Collection, Washington, 01/19/1972 - 02/29/1972; Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, 03/19/1972 - 04/16/1972
  • American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972
  • Unidentified Exhibition, Lincoln Laboratory, 1975, Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lexington, 04/01/1975 - 08/31/1975
  • Charles Demuth, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 10/14/1987 - 01/17/1988; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 02/25/1988 - 04/24/1988; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, 05/08/1988 - 07/10/1988
  • American Art and Modernity, 1865–1965, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/04/2012 - 01/19/2013
  • American Watercolors, 1880–1990: Into the Light, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/20/2023 - 08/13/2023

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