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Identification and Creation

Object Number
David Smith, American (Decatur, IN 1906 - 1965 Bennington, VT)
Study for "Zig VII"
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Brown-black fiber-tip ink over graphite on cream wove paper
folded sheet: 18.9 x 73.7 cm (7 7/16 x 29 in.)
sheet: 73.3 x 55.2 cm (28 7/8 x 21 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: lower center, black ink, in artist's hand: For LO direct from the wall June 10-- 63
  • inscription: l.r. of frame, black marker: D / S / P
  • blind stamp: right edge, embossed: THE PACE GAL[LERY]
  • inscription: backing board, graphite: David Smith / Coll: Lois Orswell / Pomfret Conn
  • label: taped to backing board, black ink, typed and handwritten: The note on this drawing refers to the fact that I stripped it from the wall of the big workshop while the sculpture was in progress. This was the one occasion when I was that aggressive in my "purchasing visits" but I did want one that was the most spontaneous and personal possible and I [handwritten in blue ink: AM] glad I did it. / [handwritten in blue ink:] L.O.--
  • inscription: recto, printed: MIKUS / MAY 13 JUNE 1 ,1963 / PREVIEW SUNDAY MAY 12 5-7 P.M. / THE PACE GALLERY, 125 NEWBURY STREET BOSTON
  • inscription: verso [folded to send as an announcement], black ballpoint ink: Mr. David Smith / Bolton Landing / New York, New York / 3rd class
  • postage stamp: verso: [4 cent stamp on gallery announcement]
  • seal: blue paper: [blue paper seal, now broken, used to seal folded gallery announcement]


Recorded Ownership History
David Smith, Bolton Landing, New York, sold; to Lois Orswell, Pomfret Center, Connecticut, 1963, gift; to the Fogg Art Museum, 1974.

Acquisition and Rights

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

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Executed on Pace Gallery announcement for Mikus show (May 13 - June 1, 1963, Pace Gallery, Boston), folded three times lengthwise and five times crosswise. Sent to David Smith, Bolton Landing, New York, New York, 3rd class (postmarked May 5, 1963)

Publication History

  • Jeanne L. Wasserman, Six Sculptors and Their Drawings, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1971), no. 40
  • Sarah Kianovsky, David Smith: This Work is My Identity, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1995), reproduced in b/w p. 3
  • Marjorie B. Cohn and Sarah Kianovsky, Lois Orswell, David Smith, and Modern Art, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2002), cat. no. 258, fig. 68, pp. 141-142, 276, 358, 379

Exhibition History

  • Six Sculptors and Their Drawings, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/07/1971 - 06/07/1971
  • 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

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