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Three black-and-white prints portray the composite image of a family in a children’s bedroom at bedtime.

Three large black-and-white prints abut to show a whole scene of a family of four in a children’s bedroom getting ready for bed, at life-size scale. In the center of the room, one son gets a piggyback ride from his father: the father is on his hands and knees on the floor, and the child sits on his back. The child wears a onesie, and the father wears a button-down shirt, pants, and sneakers. Covering the center of the floor is a speckled rug with two stuffed animals and a toy dump truck on it. To the right is a children’s tent. In the middle of the scene, against the back wall, is a single bed. The mother sits on the bed and holds a children’s book open. She wears a sweatshirt, sweatpants, and slippers. On the cover of the book is the head of a bear in a circle. The second son sits to her left, smiling and looking at the pages of the book. Like his brother, he wears a onesie. To the right of the mother is a window, with the blinds only half-down. Through the window is the outline of a hedge, another house, and a crescent moon. On the wall behind the bed are framed works of art and two children’s drawings: one work shows a dinosaur in profile with a crown above its head, and the other shows a woman’s head and torso in profile. On the wall to the left are two more children’s drawings taped to the wall, above a world map. The door to the room is adjacent and ajar; it opens onto a blank and black space.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
LaToya M. Hobbs, American (Little Rock, Arkansas born 1983)
Scene 4: Bedtime for the Boys
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: Carving Out Time
Work Type
Persistent Link


Level 3, Room 3500, Special Exhibitions Gallery
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Physical Descriptions

Woodcut on cotton paper
overall: 250.8 × 365.8 cm (98 3/4 × 144 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.r., in graphite: LaToya M Hobbs


Recorded Ownership History
LaToya M. Hobbs, sold; to the Harvard Art Museums, 2022.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Margaret Fisher Fund
© LaToya M. Hobbs
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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