Nineteenth Century Houses
William L. Hawkins
On View: American Identities: A New Look, Making Art: Centennial Era, 5th Floor
William Hawkings was born in eastern Kentucky at the end of the nineteenth century. When he was two years old, his mother died, and Hawkings was sent to live on his grandparents' farm. Although he moved to Columbus, Ohio, as a young man, much of his work depicts idyllic agrarian life, the memories of his childhood. Self-taught as an artist, Hawkins could not afford to purchase commercial frames for his paintings, and he typically painted a decorative border around his pictures.
Enamel on masonite
45 x 60in. (114.3 x 152.4cm)
storage: 48 x 60 in. (121.9 x 152.4 cm) (show scale)
Inscribed: "William L. Hawkins, Born. KY. July 27, 1895"
Gift of Armand J. Castellani
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William L. Hawkins (American, 1895-1990). Nineteenth Century Houses, n.d. Enamel on masonite, 45 x 60in. (114.3 x 152.4cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Armand J. Castellani, 1991.273. © artist or artist's estate
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