Coming Home (also titled Going Home; View of Atlanta), from the portfolio Selections from the Atlanta Period, 1931-1946

Hale Woodruff, American, 1900 - 1980


1935; printed 1996 (posthumously)

Linocut on wove Lana Royal Crown paper

36/300 (Estate edition, 1996)

Image: 9 15/16 × 7 15/16 in. (25.3 × 20.2 cm)

Sheet: 19 1/8 × 14 15/16 in. (48.6 × 38 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Class of 1935 Memorial Fund



Robert Blackburn Workshop, New York (Rober Blackburn, American, 1920-2003)


Elnora, Inc., Estate of Hall Woodruff


Place Made: United States, North America


20th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Signed, lower right, in blind stamp: © Hale Woodruff; blind-stamped, lower left: [symbol for printer, Robert Blackburn]; numbered, in graphite, lower left: 36/300


In his portfolio Selections from the Atlanta Period 1931–1946, which is representative of his entire body of work, Hale Woodruff depicts life as an African American in Atlanta, Georgia. He chose pleasant subjects such as a group walking to church, as well as devastating subjects such as lynching. That wide variety of experiences simulates the turmoil of being Black in the South. This everyday scene of a man arriving home gives us a glimpse into urban housing in Atlanta, which serves as a backdrop for the many subjects of this series of prints. Perhaps the haphazard composition of the housing is meant to indicate the unstable existence Woodruff felt in Atlanta, with the constant highs and lows he dealt with in this series translating into his use of line.

Woodruff was heavily influential in the Atlanta art community. As a professor of art, he taught not only college students but also elementary school students, raising a new generation of primarily Black and ultimately successful artists in the city.

From the 2022 exhibition A Space for Dialogue 104, Southern Gothic, curated by Abigail Smith '23, Conroy Intern

Course History

AAAS 7.05, Imagining Black Freedom in America since the Civil War, Julie Rabig, Spring 2020

Exhibition History

A Space for Dialogue 104, Southern Gothic, Abigail Smith, Class of 2023, Conroy Intern, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 8–February 27, 2022.


Charles M. Young Fine Prints and Drawings, Portland, Connecticut; sold to present collection, 2015.

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