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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Andrew Wyeth, American (Chadds Ford PA 1917 - 2009 Chadds Ford PA)
Lightning Rod, for "Northern Point"
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Graphite on off-white wove paper
actual: 55.9 x 38 cm (22 x 14 15/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: blue ballpoint, l.r.: AW
  • inscription: l.r., graphite, in artist's hand: sky and water quite down in key / small glint on lightning rod globe brightest / spot / roof down deep in tone
  • label: back of old frame (now lost), paper: Exhibition label(?): [Per curatorial file:] The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum No. 522.63-- Gift of A. Wyeth 1962 to Mr. and Mrs. Hofer, Cambridge, MA.
Andrew Wyeth, gift; to Philip and Frances L. Hofer, Belmont, Massachusetts, 1962, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1979.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Frances L. Hofer
© Andrew Wyeth / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art
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Publication History

Sidney Simon and Emily S. Rauh, 20th Century Master Drawings, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1963), no. 123

Eunice Williams, Master Drawings and Watercolors: The Hofer Collection, exh. cat., ed. Konrad Oberhuber and William W. Robinson, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, 1984), cat. no. 50, p. 58, repr. 129

Exhibition History

Andrew Wyeth: Dry Brush and Pencil Drawings, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 01/14/1963 - 02/28/1963; The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, 03/13/1963 - 04/27/1963; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 05/13/1963 - 06/16/1963; William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, Rockland, 07/18/1963 - 09/02/1963

20th Century Master Drawings, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 11/06/1963 - 01/05/1964; University of Minnesota Art Gallery, Minneapolis, 02/03/1964 - 03/15/1964; Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/06/1964 - 05/24/1964

Andrew Wyeth: temperas, watercolors, dry brush, drawings, 1938 into 1966, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 10/05/1966 - 11/27/1966; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, 12/11/1966 - 01/27/1967; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 02/06/1967 - 04/12/1967; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 04/21/1967 - 06/04/1967

Master Drawings and Watercolors: The Hofer Collection, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, 04/15/1984 - 07/07/1984; Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/05/1984 - 11/29/1984

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