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Drawing by William Sharp

Object | Accession Number: 1995.133.2

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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Created by William Sharp, circa 1930-1945.
    Artwork Title
    The RAF Nightmare--The Black Hornet
    Date
    creation:  approximately 1930-1945
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Mrs. William Sharp
    Markings
    Impressed seal on recto, circular with a thistle in center and "Strathmore Use either side" in all caps around edge of circle. Verso: "217" in graphite on upper left corner.
    Signature
    lower left of image.
    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
    Drawings
    Object Type
    Drawing (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Image of Hitler in a bed with swastikas on it, cowering from the Black Hornet flying over him. Swastika on bedside stand has been painted over with white tempera. ("Home to Roost at Last" is inked out below the "RAF" title on lower edge of sheet.)
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 14.500 inches (36.83 cm) | Width: 11.500 inches (29.21 cm)
    Materials
    overall : paper, ink, graphite, tempera, crayon
    Inscription
    Title in ink on bottom edge, center. Black hornet title on upper edge of sheet in graphite

    Rights & Restrictions

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The drawing was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1995 by Ruth Sharp, the wife of William Sharp.
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 18:22:42
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