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image of Rooster Woodcarving Rooster Woodcarving
Rendered by Marian Page (artist), c. 1940
watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil on paperboard
overall: 42.2 x 34.6 cm (16 5/8 x 13 5/8 in.) Original IAD Object: 10" high
Index of American Design
1943.8.8111
Not on View
From the Tour: Woodcarving from the Index of American Design
Object 26 of 26

Wilhelm Schimmel was a Pennsylvania carver well known for his eagles, parrots, and roosters. An example of his work is this small, perky rooster. Though just ten inches high, it has an air of monumentality. Schimmel, born in Germany, immigrated to the United States shortly after the Civil War. He was an itinerant worker who wandered the Pennsylvania countryside making carvings to earn his keep. His only tools were a jackknife, bits of glass to smooth away the knife marks, and a few paint brushes. He died in a almshouse, but today his carvings are famous.

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