In this satirical lithograph, Mabel Dwight contrasts the violin-playing little person, whose musical talent and physical difference are on display, with Mechano, the man with movie-star looks who acts like a robot. Popular in the late 1920s, automaton sideshow performances engaged audiences in the larger debate over the place of machines in society.
Color lithograph on wove paper
Image: 12 3/8 x 9 3/16 in. (31.5 x 23.4 cm)
Sheet: 15 15/16 x 11 7/16 in. (40.5 x 29 cm) (show scale)
On verso in anonymous handwriting in left center, "Mechano (Wonder of the Age)"
Signed lower right, in graphite: "Mabel Dwight- 1928".
Inscribed lower right, in graphite: "Mabel Dwight- 1928".
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Gift of Gertrude W. Dennis
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Mabel Dwight (American, 1876-1955). Mechano, 1928. Color lithograph on wove paper, Image: 12 3/8 x 9 3/16 in. (31.5 x 23.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Gertrude W. Dennis, 1991.153.12. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1991.153.12_PS6.jpg)
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