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A black crayon drawing of a building and tree.

The black crayon drawing shows a building executed in finely drawn lines to show the shape of the building and landscape. An inverted V-shape is in the upper center, centered beneath the peak is a square intersected by an arched line extending from the tree shape on the right side. A vertical rectangle is placed near the bottom center, a thicker vertical line is to the left, it branches into three lines half-way up. In the background is a sloped structure that rises up to the right. There are areas shaded in gray and black across the surface of the picture plane.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Charles Sheeler, American (Philadelphia, PA 1883 - 1965 Dobbs Ferry, NY)
Landscape No. 1
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Black crayon on thin off-white wove paper
16.3 × 23 cm (6 7/16 × 9 1/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: black crayon, l.r.: Sheeler / 1915
  • inscription: removed from old mount, in black ink, sent to Archives: Landscape No. 1 - 1915 / Charles Sheeler


Recorded Ownership History
[N. E. Montross Gallery, New York, New York, sold; to John Quinn, New York, New York, 1915, estate of John Quinn, sold; to Charles B. Hoyt, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1927, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1939.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Charles Bain Hoyt
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Publication History

  • John Quinn, 1870-1924, Collection of Paintings, Water Colors, Drawings & Sculpture, Pidgeon Hill Press (Huntington, NY, 1926), p. 25, reproduced in b/w p. 180
  • Paintings and Sculpture: The Renowned Collection of Modern and Ultra-Modern Art Formed by the Late John Quinn, American Art Association (New York, NY, 1927), no. 130
  • Charles Sheeler: The Works on Paper, exh. cat., Pennsylvania State University Museum of Art (PA, 1974), no. 2, reproduced
  • Judith Zilczer, 'The Noble Buyer': John Quinn, Patron of the Avant-Garde, exh. cat., Smithsonian Institution Press (Washington, D.C, 1978), p. 187
  • John Driscoll, "Charles Sheeler's Early Work: Five Rediscovered Paintings", The Art Bulletin, College Art Association of America (1980), no. 62, pp. 129, 132, fig. 16
  • Carol Troyen and Erica E. Hirshler, Charles Sheeler: Paintings and Drawings, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1987), under no. 6, fig. a
  • Karen Lucic, Charles Sheeler and the Cult of the Machine, Reaktion Books (London, England, 1991), p. 37, fig. 9

Exhibition History

  • The Quest of Charles Sheeler, University of Iowa, Iowa City, 03/17/1963 - 04/14/1963
  • 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
  • The Forum Exhibition: Selections and Additions, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 02/10/1983 - 04/08/1983
  • 32Q: 1300 Early Modernism, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/19/2017 - 04/05/2018

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