Sketch of a Spanish Man
In these two works, Edward Penfield used controlled graphite outlines and watercolor washes to detail the tattered clothes and scruffy faces of working men he encountered during a 1906 trip through Spain. The frank realism of his approach gives his images a documentary authenticity; indeed, they were most likely studies for his illustrated travelogue Spanish Sketches (1911). While capitalizing on Americans’ fascination with the picturesque appeal of Spain, Penfield also endowed his subjects with a dignity reflected in their proud bearing.
Watercolor and graphite on medium-weight, off-white, moderately textured, wove paper
sheet: 11 1/2 x 7 3/4 in. (29.2 x 19.7 cm)
scrap book: 12 1/4 x 9 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. (31.1 x 24.1 x 5.7 cm) (show scale)
Stamped in upper left corner of watercolor sheet, in black: "11952"
Inscribed in black in on inside of front cover, lower right (border of page near binding): "Penfield Note Book"
Gift of the Enoch Pratt Free Library
61.36.1 (mounted on inside front cover): full-length figure of bearded man in profile, wearing red cap.
For 61.36.MN (61.36.1 - .18 watercolor sketches mounted to pages of scrap book, beginning with inside front cover): scrap book with pages bound between cardboard covers decorated with marbleized paper and leather bindings. Label affixed on book cover reads: "SCRAP BOOK / Original drawing by / Edward Penfield for / 'Spanish Sketches' / --Scribner 1911--". Inside the album and following the watercolors are many blank / unused pages; interspersed in remaining pages of scrap book, 7 photographic reproductions mounted to pages, including: reproduction of painting (signed "S W[...?]y") of courtyard scene of young woman with donkey talking to 2 men, several images of men hunting and fishing, including 2 printed with publisher "Hudson & Kearns" (one page inscribed "Shooting + fishing"), photograph of Russian peasant cart with caption "A Peasant's Cart in South Russia / Courtesy of Philadelphia Commercial Mu[?]", and theatrical scene (loose/unmounted, leaved with Russian scene).
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Edward Penfield (American, 1866-1925). Sketch of a Spanish Man, 1906. Watercolor and graphite on medium-weight, off-white, moderately textured, wove paper, sheet: 11 1/2 x 7 3/4 in. (29.2 x 19.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 61.36.1 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 61.36.1_front_PS2.jpg)
front, 61.36.1_front_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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