National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Carousel Pig Carousel Pig
Rendered by Henry Tomaszewski (artist), c. 1939
watercolor and graphite on paperboard
overall: 36.1 x 48.9 cm (14 3/16 x 19 1/4 in.) Original IAD Object: 60" long
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Woodcarving from the Index of American Design
Object 17 of 26

This pig is an example of the wide variety of domestic and exotic creatures designed for carousels. Though realistic, it is made particularly appealing for the purpose of the carnival. The surface modeling is dynamic, and the accessories are well carved. While hand-carved wooden carousel animals continued to be made well into the nineteenth century, they were eventually replaced by less expensive and less perishable versions in metal, plastic, and fiberglass.

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