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Aquatint

Object | Accession Number: 1989.275.1

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    Aquatint

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Aquatint created for John Hersey's The Wall.
    Artwork Title
    Of the Coming of the Messiah
    Series Title
    1 in a series of 12
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ruth Sharp
    Signature
    Penciled lower right corner "William Sharp"
    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

    Classification
    Art
    Category
    Prints
    Object Type
    Aquatint (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Image of six people sitting on a bench around a large tree; two men are talking, one is reading, a woman is knitting; a man is walking away from the viewer; on the right side is a building, directly behind the tree is a wall; buildings are visible beyond the wall in the background.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 14.000 inches (35.56 cm) | Width: 10.000 inches (25.4 cm)
    pictorial area: Height: 7.500 inches (19.05 cm) | Width: 4.750 inches (12.065 cm)
    Materials
    overall : paper, ink, adhesive
    Inscription
    Penciled lower left corner "'Of the coming of the Messiah (The Wall)"; typed label verso upper left corner "Frontisp."

    Rights & Restrictions

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

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The aquatint was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1989 by Ruth Sharp, the wife of William Sharp.
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 18:21:10
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