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Maker(s):Bellows, George Wesley
Culture:American (1882-1925)
Title:The Return of the Useless
Date Made:1918
Materials:Lithograph in black ink on cream paper
Measurements:mat: 32 in x 40 in; 81.28 cm x 101.6 cm; sheet: 24 15/16 in x 30 3/8 in; 63.34125 cm x 77.1525 cm; image: 19 3/4 in x 21 1/2 in; 50.165 cm x 54.61 cm
Narrative Inscription:  recto, lwr. center [in image, on a crate]: GEO BELLOWS; recto, lwr. r. [graphite]: GEO BELLOWS / L.B.B.; recto, lwr. l. [graphite]: NO. 26; recto, lwr. r. [graphite]: BFT1022
Accession Number:  MH 2008.17.2
Credit Line:Purchase with the Elizabeth Peirce Allyn (Class of 1951) Fund
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Black and white image of people being unloaded from a boxcar labeled "3078" - at left, a group of destitue looking people and a soldier with a gun; in the center, a woman holding the boxcar door as she climbs down onto crates with people behind her in shadow in the boxcar; at right, a soldier stepping on a man lying on the ground and raising the butt of his gun as if to hit the man, who raises his arm in a pleading gesture, with it

wars; fighting; firearms; social commentary

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