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Father & Mother—Tintype

Artist
Walter Ellison, American, 1899–1977
Associated
Federal Works Agency, Work Projects Administration
Date
1939
Material
Oil on canvas
Made in
Chicago, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
On View, Gallery 333
Dimensions
24 3/16 x 20 in. (61.4 x 50.8 cm)
framed: 29 3/8 x 25 7/16 x 1 5/8 in. (74.6 x 64.6 x 4.1 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of the Federal Works Agency, Work Projects Administration
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
358:1943
NOTES
In the standard full-frontal format used by portrait photographers at the time, Walter Ellison depicts his parents as dignified middle-class citizens, tastefully dressed in their Sunday best. By exposing the neighborhood scene behind the curtained backdrop and apartment wall, the artist provides a view of the community in which his family lived. As a member of Chicago's South Side Community Art Center, Ellison helped carry out the mandate of the WPA: to represent the spectrum of African American life as an instrumental part of the national story.
- 1943
Federal Works Agency, Works Projects Administration, Chicago, IL, USA

1943 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, given by the Federal Works Agency, Works Projects Administration [1]


Notes:
[1] In 1943, the Works Projects Administration was terminated, and works made under the project between 1935 and 1943 were distributed to public institutions throughout the United States. The Chicago branch of the WPA allocated a number of works to the Saint Louis Art Museum [receipt for allocation of works of art from the Federal Works Agency, Works Projects Administration, dated April 12, 1943, SLAM document files].
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