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Maker(s):Becker, Frederick G.
Culture:American (1913-2004)
Title:Death of John Henry from the John Henry Suite
Date Made:1935-1939
Materials:Wood engraving on tissue paper
Measurements:Mat: 14 in x 11 in; 35.6 cm x 27.9 cm; Sheet: 7 1/2 in x 5 5/16 in; 19 cm x 13.5 cm; Image: 6 in x 4 in; 15.2 cm x 10.2 cm
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE: recto, lwr. r. (graphite): Becker ; SIGNATURE: recto, lwr. l. (engraved in wood block): Becker ; TITLE: recto, lwr. l. (graphite): “DEATH OF JOHN HENRY”
Accession Number:  UM 1974.38.140
Credit Line:Gift of Frederick G. Becker to the W.P.A. Collection

Highly stylized black and white depiction of John Henry's death. In the lower half John Henry stands with his arms held high holding a border of flames while being stabbed with a pitchfork by a nude woman in stockings and shoes. The upper half, above the flame border, is a cityscape.

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

African American; urban; architecture; fires

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