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William Sharp aquatint of an armed soldier under siege

Object | Accession Number: 1995.132.62

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    William Sharp aquatint of an armed soldier under siege

    Overview

    Artwork Title
    At Dawn (First State)
    Date
    creation:  approximately 1930-1945
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Harold Shachner
    Markings
    Recto, of matte, all in graphite: publisher's crop marks in each quadrant; top edge, right of center, "N.Y. Times / Sunday Magazine." Verso, of back mount: top right corner, in graphite, "37"; top right quadrant, in graphite, "May"--below this in purple ink stamp, "JUN 4 1944"; in graphite, lower edge, center, "Aquatint by Bill Sharpe [sic]"
    Signature
    Recto, of image: "William Sharp" in graphite, lower right
    Contributor
    Artist: William Sharp
    Biography
    Leon Schleifer was born in 1900 in Germany. He served in the German army at the end of World War I (1914-1918). He became a political cartoonist and his work was published in the anti-Nazi press. He also specialized in courtroom trial sketches. After the appointment of Hitler as Chancellor in 1933, Schliefer emigrated to the United States. He changed his name to William Sharp and continued his career as an editorial cartoonist and illustrator. His work was published in the New York Times, Life Magazine, and other publications. He died in 1961, age sixty-one years.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Classification
    Art
    Category
    Prints
    Object Type
    Aquatint (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Aquatint. Image of a soldier with a gun in his right hand, a knife in his left hand, and a gas mask around his neck. Shadowed hands in bottom half of image, reaching up to him. Ghostly figures of bad people in the background. Number 5 of 25 prints. Mounted onto a large piece of folded paper with left side cut to reveal image. Mounted with brown paper tape.
    Materials
    overall : paper, ink, adhesive
    Inscription
    Recto, of image: lower left corner "Germany Awakened"-in quotes, in graphite. To the right, "5/25" also in graphite.

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The print was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1995 by Harold Shachner.
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 18:22:42
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