Contemplation of the Mask (No. 4-- In Honor of Martin Luther King)

William Christopher, American, 1924 - 1973



Tempera or casein on panel

Overall: 41 15/16 × 39 15/16 in. (106.6 × 101.5 cm)

Frame: 45 1/4 × 47 1/8 in. (115 × 119.7 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Gift of the artist; painted in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; dedicated to Osceola Archer, and given to Dartmouth College in the name of her son, Charles M. Adams, Class of 1937, Thayer 1938



North America, United States


20th century

Object Name




Not on view


Inscribed, on reverse, in black paint, upper left to right: "NO. 4 - IN HONOR OF MARTIN LUTHER KING / CHRISTOPHER / 1963

Course History

WGST 10, Sex, Gender, and Society, Francine A‘Ness, Fall 2014

Exhibition History

William Christopher, Paintings, Collages, Drawings, Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Hopkins Center Museum and Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, November 5-28, 1965.

Recent Paintings by William Christopher, Joan Peterson Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, 1965.

Main Lobby, in conjunction with the exhibition Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 7-December 6, 2014.

Publication History

Linden, Diana. "In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King: Unmasking White Privilege in William Christopher‘s Paintings of 1963." American Art 33, no. 3 (2019).

Justin Spring, American Art Magazine, An Interview with George Tooker, Spring 2002, Volume 16, number 1, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian American Art Museum, March 2002, pp. 60-81, ill. p. 73.

James O. Freedman, Presidential Range: Originals and Copies, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Summer 1991, p.12.

Hommage a la Femme Noire, Vol 5. Simone Schartz-Bart, Les Editions "Consulaires", 24 Rue Saint Gilles, 75004, Paris.

Brian P. Kennedy and Emily Shubert Burke, Modern and Contemporary Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art, Hanover: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2009 p.212, no.286.


The artist (1924-1973), Hartland, Vermont, 1963; given to present collection, 1965.

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