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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1966.39
People
David Smith, American (Decatur, IN 1906 - 1965 Bennington, VT)
Title
Sketches for a Sculpture; verso: Sketch
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Two Unidentified Structures; verso: Arabesque
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1935-1936
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/308912
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Graphite, black ink and an area of black spatter on off-white wove paper; verso: graphite
Dimensions
15 x 9.9 cm (5 7/8 x 3 7/8 in.)
Provenance
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
Copyright
© 2020 The Estate of David Smith / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Accession Year
1966
Object Number
1966.39
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Marjorie B. Cohn and Sarah Kianovsky, Lois Orswell, David Smith, and Modern Art, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2002), cat. no. 226, pp. 267 note 76, 349, 379

Richard Mulholland, "Of Dreams and Visions and Things Not Known: Looking at David Smith's Drawing Media" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, 2003), Unpublished, pp. 1-43 passim

Exhibition History

David Smith: The Formative Years, Sculpture and Drawings from the 1930's and 1940's, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, 01/06/1981 - 03/01/1981

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