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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Richard Tuttle, American (Rahway, NJ born 1941)
The Table and a Chair #30
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Transparent and opaque watercolor and graphite on white wove paper
35.5 × 50.6 cm (14 × 19 15/16 in.)
mat: 36.8 × 52.1 cm (14 1/2 × 20 1/2 in.)
frame: 39.7 × 54.8 × 3 cm (15 5/8 × 21 9/16 × 1 3/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: verso: [top, blue ball-point ink:] TOP / 30; [top right, graphite, with arrow:] Title; [top right, black ball-point ink:] "The Table and a Chair" #30 1990-91 [1990-91 crossed out and 1990 added in graphite]; [right, black ball-point ink:] THIS DRAWING MUST / BE FRAMED LIKED THIS: [diagram] / frame can be any profile / as long as inside lip is (real) gold leaf / I am giving this to the Vogels this day / (Jan 27, 1993) to hope somehow, someday / this last-of-the-group drawing will be / framed as requested / Richard Tuttle; [left, graphite:] This becomes an artwork / once it is framed according / to instructions. R.T.
  • inscription: verso, graphite, lower right: 84741
  • inscription: verso, bottom, graphite, upside down: 30 [with arrow; crossed out in blue ball-point ink]


Recorded Ownership History
Richard Tuttle, gift; to Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, January 27, 1993, gift; to the Harvard Art Museum, 2008.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection and the National Gallery of Art, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services
© Richard Tuttle
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Publication History

  • Timothy Standring, [Review] "American Watercolors, 1880-1990: Into the Light", The Burlington Magazine (August 2023), 165, pp. 908-911, p. 910
  • Joachim Homann, Margaret Morgan Grasselli, and Miriam Stewart, ed., American Watercolors, 1880–1990: Into the Light, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2023), pp. 149, 162, repr. as pl. 77 on p. 149

Exhibition History

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