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Sommer Brothers, Stoves and Hardware

Clarence Holbrook Carter

American Art

Clarence Carter’s “portrait” of the Sommer Brothers Hardware Store in Portsmouth, Ohio, is a quaint example of the rise of American Scene painting in the 1920s. Artists associated with this trend focused on images of rural or small-town locales and often described them in a deliberately simplified form of realism related to American folk art, then rising in popularity. Carter here commemorated a thriving commercial block—well-known throughout southern Ohio—that would be damaged beyond salvage in the 1937 Ohio River flood.
MEDIUM Watercolor over graphite on off-white, thick, smooth-textured wove paper
  • Place Made: United States
  • DATES 1928
    DIMENSIONS 15 1/8 x 20 1/8 in. (38.4 x 51.1 cm) Frame: 23 15/16 x 29 15/16 x 1 1/2 in. (60.8 x 76 x 3.8 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed and dated upper right: "Clarence H. Carter. 28"
    INSCRIPTIONS Graphite inscription, top right corner, verso: "125"
    COLLECTIONS American Art
    CREDIT LINE Carll H. de Silver Fund
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Clarence Holbrook Carter (American, 1904–2000). Sommer Brothers, Stoves and Hardware, 1928. Watercolor over graphite on off-white, thick, smooth-textured wove paper, 15 1/8 x 20 1/8 in. (38.4 x 51.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Carll H. de Silver Fund, 29.65. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 29.65_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 29.65_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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