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Inscription

upper right in graphite: "Whats poor niggers going to do." / greys of all colors / in contrast / with brown / and black; left center in graphite: W. S. M.; lower left in graphite: W. S. M. / Dec. 3d a fine day; lower right in graphite: W. S. M. Dec-3-66 / White coat - light skirt / dark pants, brown bodice / Now Jim, cut me some / wood - or go without your / dinner

Provenance

Norman Hirschl, New York; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1947; acquired 2015 by the National Gallery of Art

Bibliography
1983
Simmons, Linda Crocker and with the assistance of Adrianne J. Humphrey, et al. American Drawings, Watercolors, Pastels, and Collages in the Collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington, DC: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1983: p. 7, no. 46.