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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Charles Sheeler, American (Philadelphia, PA 1883 - 1965 Dobbs Ferry, NY)
Feline Felicity
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Black crayon on paper
image: 35.8 x 33.5 cm (14 1/8 x 13 3/16 in.)
sight: 55.9 x 45.7 cm (22 x 18 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: black crayon, l.r.: Sheeler-1934
  • watermark: Rives
[Downtown Gallery, New York, New York], sold; to Fogg Art Museum, 1934.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Louise E. Bettens Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art
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Publication History

[Reproduction only], Art News, (November 10, 1934)., reproduced p. 16

"Cambridge", Art News (January 19, 1935), p. 4

"Fogg Museum Acquires Unusual Sheeler", Art Digest (January 15, 1935), vol. IX, reproduced, p. 6

[Unidentified article], The Studio (April 1935), CIX, p. 225, reproduced p. 227

[Unidentified article], The American Magazine of Art (February 1935), XXVIII, p. 109, reproduced?

Holger Cahill, "In a Native Tradition", New York Herald Tribune (New York, NY, September 4, 1938), reproduced p. 4 (IX)

"American Painters' Drawings, First Annual Show of Native Draftsmen", Art News (January 25, 1941), vol. XXXIX, ill. p. 8

Charles E. Slatkin and Regina Shoolman Slatkin, Treasury of American Drawings, Oxford University Press (NY) (New York, NY, 1947), p. 33, no. 151 p. xvi, repr. as pl. 151

Charles Sheeler: A Retrospective Exhibition, exh. cat., University of California at Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA, 1954), no. 51, reproduced p. 25

Daniel M. Mendelowitz, Drawing, Holt, Rinehart & Winston (New York, NY, 1967), fig. 1-3, pp. 7-8, 26, 280, 387, 390

Constance Rourke, Charles Sheeler, Artist in the American Tradition, Kennedy Galleries, Inc. (New York, NY, 1969), pp. 158-159, reproduced p. 128

Enrica Fish, The Cat in Art, Lerner Publications Co. (Minneapolis, MN, 1969)

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. 144, ill.

Martin Friedman, Charles Sheeler, Watson-Guptill Publications (New York, NY, 1975), pp. 91-92, reproduced p. 102

Daniel M. Mendelowitz, A Guide to Drawing, Holt, Rinehart & Winston (New York, NY, 1976), fig. 195, p. 266

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., American Master Drawings and Watercolors: A History of Works on Paper from Colonial Times to the Present, Harper & Row (New York, NY, 1976), pp. 321-323, fig. 285

Seymour Simmons, III and Mark S. A. Winer, Drawing: the Creative Process, Prentice-Hall, Inc. (Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1977), reproduced in b/w p. 232, fig. 8.25

Duane Preble, Artforms, Canfield Press (San Francisco, CA, 1978), p. 124, fig. 145

Mary Sayre Haverstock, An American Bestiary, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1979), reproduced p. 187

Clare Walker Leslie, Nature Drawing: A Tool for Learning, Prentice-Hall (Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1980), p. 104, fig. 6.6

Nathan Goldstein, A Guide to 100 American and European Drawings: A Portfolio, Prentice-Hall (Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1982), pl. 7

Daniel M. Mendelowitz and Duane A. Wakeham, Mendelowitz's Guide to Drawing, Holt, Rinehart & Winston (New York, NY, 1982)

Carol Troyen and Erica E. Hirshler, Charles Sheeler: Paintings and Drawings, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1987), no. 50, reproduced

Wayne Enstice and Melody Peters, Drawing: Space, Form, Expression, Prentice-Hall (Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1990), pp. 166-169, fig. 9-1

Malcolm Goldstein, "Edith Gregor Halpert: Art Dealer", Drawing, New York Drawing Society (July 1991 - August 1991), vol. XIII, pp. 32-35, reproduced p. 34, text pp. 32-35

Joseph C. Skrapits, "Shades of Gray: The Drawings of Georges Seurat", American Artist (March 1992), vol. LVI, no. 596, reproduced in b/w p. 48

Duane Preble and Sarah Preble, Artforms: An Introduction to the Visual Arts, Harper Collins College Publishers (New York, NY, 1994), p. 142, fig. 198

Daniel M. Mendelowitz, David L. Faber, and Duane A. Wakeham, A Guide to Drawing, Thomson Wadsworth (Belmont, CA, 2007), fig. 10-12, p. 195

Exhibition History

[Sheeler Exhibition], The Downtown Gallery, New York, 11/01/1934 - 11/30/1934

An Exhibition of Paintings by Charles Burchfield and Charles Sheeler, Society of Arts and Crafts, Detroit, 01/12/1935 - 02/02/1935

International Watercolor Exhibition, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 03/21/1935 - 06/02/1935

Exhibition of Paintings by Distinguished Contemporary American Artists, E. T. Slattery Co., Boston, 03/04/1937 - 03/27/1937

Exhibition of American Painting, Grace Horne Galleries, 12/08/1937 - 09/08/1938

Charles Sheeler: Paintings, Drawings, Photographs, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 01/01/1939 - 12/31/1939

Unidentified Exhibition, Albany Institute of History and Art, 1941, Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, 01/01/1941 - 01/31/1941

The Animal Kingdom in Modern Art, Vassar College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, 11/01/1942 - 11/22/1942; Art Institute, Zanesville, Zanesville, 12/01/1942 - 12/22/1942; Bayly Art Museum, Charlottesville, 01/29/1943 - 02/19/1943; Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, 02/27/1943 - 03/12/1943; Chattanooga Art Association, Chattanooga, 03/22/1943 - 04/12/1943; University of Texas at Austin Art Museum, Austin, 04/23/1943 - 05/11/1943; Wilmington Society of Fine Arts, Wilmington, 06/20/1943 - 08/01/1943

Unidentified Exhibition, Winchester Art Association, 1944, Winchester Art Association, Winchester, 06/01/1944 - 06/28/1944

Unidentified Exhibition, Colby College Museum of Art, 1945, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, 05/10/1945 - 06/06/1945

Works by Charles Sheeler, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, 10/14/1946 - 11/29/1946

American Drawings, 17th through 20th Centuries, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, 04/03/1948 - 05/30/1948

Unidentified Exhibition, University of Kansas Museum of Art, 1950, University of Kansas Museum of Art, Lawrence, 12/05/1949 - 01/31/1950

Aspects of American Realism, Davison Art Center, Middletown, 05/21/1951 - 06/02/1951

Charles Sheeler Retrospective, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, 10/11/1954 - 11/07/1954; Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, San Diego, 01/14/1955 - 02/11/1955; Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, 02/24/1955 - 03/24/1955; Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, 05/08/1955 - 06/08/1955

Unidentified Exhibition, Wesleyan University, 1959, Davison Art Center, Middletown, 07/01/1959 - 08/31/1959

The Quest of Charles Sheeler, University of Iowa, Iowa City, 03/17/1963 - 04/14/1963

Charles Sheeler: A Retrospective Exhibition, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, 10/25/1967 - 11/26/1967

Charles Sheeler Memorial Exhibition, National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, 10/09/1968 - 11/24/1968; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 01/09/1969 - 02/16/1969; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 03/10/1969 - 04/27/1969

Perception and Illusion, St. Paul's School, Concord, 02/01/1971 - 02/28/1971

American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972

Charles Sheeler, the Works on Paper, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park, 02/10/1974 - 03/24/1974; Terry Dintenfass, Inc., New York, 04/02/1974 - 04/20/1974

American Master Drawings and Watercolors: A History of Works on Paper from Colonial Times to the Present, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, 09/01/1976 - 10/26/1976; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 11/23/1976 - 01/23/1977; California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 02/20/1977 - 04/17/1977

Charles Sheeler, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 10/13/1987 - 01/03/1988; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 01/28/1988 - 04/17/1988; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, 05/15/1988 - 07/10/1988

The Harvard Society for Contemporary Art, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/29/1992 - 03/07/1993

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