Old Man in a Field, Sligo, 1965, number 11 of 14, from the portfolio, Under the Influence

Alen MacWeeney, Irish, born 1939



Archival pigment print


Image: 12 11/16 × 12 5/8 in. (32.2 × 32.1 cm)

Sheet: 20 1/16 × 16 in. (50.9 × 40.7 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Julie and Michael McTernan, Class of 1986



Place Made: Ireland, Europe


20th century

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Research Area


Not on view


Signed, lower right, in graphite: Alen MacWeeney; signed and inscribed, on reverse, lower center, in graphite: Old man in a Field, Sligo 1965 / Alen MacWeeney / 7/30


Here, a man stands in profile in a field. A cigarette juts from his mouth, drawing attention to his facial deformity. With one hand held behind him, the man uses a cane to stabilize himself. His posture conveys a sense of dignity and importance. This is noteworthy because people with disabilities are rarely perceived as dignified. What decisions were made by the artist and the person in the image that led to the old man’s assertion of dignity?

From the 2021 exhibition A Space for Dialogue 103, Images of Disability, curated by Maeve McBride '20, Conroy Intern

Exhibition History

A Space for Dialogue 103, Images of Disability, Maeve McBride, Dartmouth Class of 2020, Conroy Intern, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 9–December 23, 2021.


Julie and Michael McTernan, Summit, New Jersey; given to present collection, 2016.

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