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Little Girl Holding an Apple

Benjamin Osro Eggleston

American Art

Although best known as a portraitist, the Brooklyn painter Benjamin Osro Eggleston also enjoyed sketching the interesting characters he encountered around the city—an activity that harks back to his early career as a newspaper illustrator. This assured drawing captures the forceful personality of an anonymous girl whose anxious yet determined expression suggests she is steeling herself for a confrontation, perhaps with other children trying to take her apple.
MEDIUM Graphite on cream, moderately thick, very smooth wove paper
DATES 1927
DIMENSIONS sheet: 10 1/8 x 11 1/16 in. (25.7 x 28.1 cm) image: 6 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (16.5 x 6.4 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower left of image in graphite: "BENJAMIN EGGLESTON / 1927"
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Benjamin Osro Eggleston (American, 1867–1937). Little Girl Holding an Apple, 1927. Graphite on cream, moderately thick, very smooth wove paper, sheet: 10 1/8 x 11 1/16 in. (25.7 x 28.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 75.187 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 75.187_PS3.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 75.187_PS3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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