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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
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Carll H. de Silver Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT © Estate of Clarence Holbrook Carter
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    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. © Estate of Clarence Holbrook Carter
    IMAGE overall, 29.65_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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