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Maker(s):Becker, Frederick G.
Culture:American (1913-2004)
Title:Loading Cotton from the John Henry Suite
Date Made:1935-1939
Type:Print
Materials:Wood engraving on tissue paper
Measurements:Mat: 14 in x 11 in; 35.6 cm x 27.9 cm; Sheet: 11 3/8 in x 8 11/16 in; 28.9 cm x 22.1 cm; image: 15.3988 cm x 11.5888 cm; 6 1/16 in x 4 9/16 in
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE: front, upp. l. (carved in plate): FB ; TITLE/SIGNATURE: front, lwr. ctr. (graphite): LOADING COTTON F. Becker ; NUMBER: front, lwr. r. (graphite): 2
Accession Number:  UM 1974.38.137
Credit Line:Gift of Frederick G. Becker to the W.P.A. Collection
Museum Collection:  University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst
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Description:
Stylized black and white deptiction of John Henry carrying gigantic bale of cotton across a gang plank to a paddle wheel boat. A smaller figure reaches from the boat toward the figure as a group of other men gather on the dock behind him. City buildings rise up in the background.

Label Text:
From the John Henry Suite.. WPA Collection.

Tags:
African American; labor; water; cities; urban; folklore

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