House with Figures and Animals (House with Figures; House with Figures and Snake)

Bill Traylor, American, about 1854 - 1949

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1939

Colored pencil and graphite on cardboard

Sheet: 22 1/16 × 14 1/4 in. (56 × 36.2 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Purchased through the Florence and Lansing Porter Moore 1937 Fund

D.2003.53

Geography/Culture

North America, United States

Period

20th century

Object Name

Drawing

Classification

Drawing

Not on view

Inscription

Inscribed [by Charles Shannon, dictated by artist], in graphite, verso lower center: 7/39 / goose grabs little boys penis through fence / boy ties himself to the calf who dashes / through a hole in fence-little boy caught; inscribed on label, in felt tip pen, verso upper right: D-23 HOUSE; inscribed [by another hand], verso upper left, in red pencil: [shaded circle] < 7

Course History

WRIT 5, On Poor Taste, William Boyer, Fall 2015

SART 15, Drawing I, Colleen Randall, Spring 2015

WRIT 5, On Poor Taste, William Boyer, Winter 2015

ARTH 71, The "American Century": Modern Art in the United States. Mary Coffey, Winter 2015

ARTH 71, The "American Century": Modern Art in the United States, Mary Coffey, Winter 2015

ARTH 17, The Power of Place: Urban and Rural Images in American Art, 1900-1945, Sarah Powers, Winter 2014

WRIT 5, Poor Taste, William Boyer, Winter 2014

SART 20, SART 71, Drawing II, III, Summer 2013

Exhibition History

Visionary Artists: Bill Traylor and Minnie Evans, Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, Kansas, no. 8 (as "House with Figures"), 1992.

Ongoing Ousider Exhibition, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago, Illinois, (no cat.), 2000.

Marks of Distinction: Two Hundred Years of American Drawings and Watercolors from the Hood Museum of Art, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 29-May 29, 2005; Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 24-September 11, 2005; National Academy Museum, New York City, New York, October 20-December 31, 2005.

Dream Singers, Story Tellers: An African-American Presence, Fukui Fine Arts Museum, Fukui, Japan, and others, no. 21 (as "House with Figures"), 1992.

Black USA, Museum Overholland, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, (no cat. no.), 1990.

Black Folk Artists: Minnie Evans & Bill Traylor, African American Museum, Nassau County Division of Museum Services, Hempstead, New York, (no cat. no.), 1989.

Bill Traylor: Paintings and Drawings, Luise Ross Gallery, New York, New York, no. 23 (as "House with Figures"), 1992.

Bill Traylor: Drawings, Mennello Museum of American Folk Art, Orlando, Florida, (no cat.), 2003.

Bill Traylor, O'Kane Gallery, University of Houston-Downtown, Texas, (no cat. no.), 2001.

Bill Traylor, A Vision Set Free, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, Washington, (no cat.), 1997.

Bill Traylor (1854-1947), Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock and Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, Mississippi, no. 17 (as "House with Figures"), 1982.

American Works on Paper to 1950: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art, Friends and Owen Robertson Cheatham Galleries, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 22-December 9, 2007.

A Space for Dialogue 91: (Re)Imagining Home, Elissa Watters, Class of 2015, Main Lobby, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 24-December 6, 2015.

A Place for Us: Vernacular Architecture in American Folk Art, Museum of American Folk Art, New York, New York, (no cat.), 1996-1997.

Publication History

Valerie Rosseau and Debra Purden, Bill Traylor, New York: Folk Art Museum, 2018, ill. p. 129.

Ricco-Maresca Gallery, New York, Bill Traylor: His Art-His Life (New York: Ricco-Maresca Gallery, 1991), 60 (color illus.).

O'Kane Gallery, University of Houston-Downtown, Texas, Bill Traylor (Houston, Texas: O'Kane Gallery, University of Houston-Downtown, 2001), n.p. (color illus.).

Mechal Sobel, Painting a Hidden Life: The Art of Bill Traylor, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2009, ill. page unknown, no. 17.

Luise Ross Gallery, New York, Bill Traylor: Exhibition History, Public Collections, Selected Bibliography (New York: Luise Ross Gallery, 1991), 20 (illus.).

John R. Stomberg, The Hood Now: Art and Inquiry at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, 2019, p. 157, ill. plate no. 88.

Jane Livingston, "Black Folk Art in Amerika," Kunstforum International (May/June, 1991), 260 (illus.).

Fukui Fine Arts Museum, Fukui, Japan, Dream Singers, Story Tellers: An African-American Presence (Fukui, Japan: Fukui Fine Arts Museum, 1992), 105 (color illus.), 225, 230.

Elissa Watters, A Space for Dialogue 91: (Re)Imagining Home, Hanover, New Hampshire: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, 2015, ill. title p., checklist no.6.

Carla Maria Verdino-Sullwold, "A Matter-of-Fact Strangeness: Bill Traylor at the Ross Galleries," Crisis 99.2 (February 1992), 9 (illus.).

Betty M. Kuyk, African Voices in the African American Heritage (Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2003), pl. 15 (color illus.).

Barbara J. MacAdam, Marks of Distinction, Two Hundred Years of American Drawings and Watercolors from the Hood Museum of Art, Manchester, Vermont: Hudson Hills Press, 2005, pp. 24, 42, 176, 268-269, ill. p. 177, no. 58.

Barbara J. MacAdam, American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Muesum of Art, Hanover: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2007, p. 148, no. 120.

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Bill Traylor (1854-1947) (Little Rock: Arkansas Arts Center, 1982), n.p., back cover (illus.).

Provenance

The artist; given to Charles Shannon, c. 1939; sold to Margo and Joseph Wilkinson, 1981; by settlement to Margo Russell Wilkinson, 1982; sold to Luise Ross Gallery, New York, 1986; sold to present collection, 2003.

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