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Identification and Creation

Object Number
David Smith, American (Decatur, IN 1906 - 1965 Bennington, VT)
The Artist Photographing a Female Torso; verso: Sketch for "Horse and Rider"
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Gray tempera, black ink, graphite, and scratchwork on off-white wove paper; verso: black ink and graphite
actual: 17.8 x 25.4 cm (7 x 10 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: black ink, l.r.: DS
  • inscription: l.r., graphite: 1937
  • inscription: verso, l.r., graphite: Horse & rider painted while [or white?] green black / made 1938
  • inscription: l.r.c., graphite: 1785-6


Recorded Ownership History
David Smith, Bolton Landing, New York, gift; to Lois Orswell, Pomfret Center, Connecticut, 1961, gift; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1966.

NOTE: See correspondence from Mrs. Orswell in curatorial file for 1966.16: "Some time ago, David gave me the sketches saying they were early ones and would I give them to the Fogg "some time."... I think my name should not be used for the purposes of labels etc., and that they should be "gift of David Smith"."

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of David Smith
© The Estate of David Smith / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Upper edge of sheet irregular.

Publication History

  • 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. 152, ill.
  • "Drawings on Exhibition", Drawing (July 1995 - August 1995), vol. XVII, no. 2, reproduced in b/w p. 38
  • Sarah Kianovsky, David Smith: This Work is My Identity, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1995), reproduced in b/w p. 4
  • Marjorie B. Cohn and Sarah Kianovsky, Lois Orswell, David Smith, and Modern Art, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2002), cat. no. 228, fig. 171, pp. 267 note 76, 349, 352 (repr. b/w), 379

Exhibition History

  • American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972
  • David Smith: "This work is my identity", Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/03/1995 - 05/05/1996
  • Lois Orswell, David Smith, and Modern Art, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/21/2002 - 02/16/2003
  • 32Q: 1320 Social Realism, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/18/2018 - 04/18/2019

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