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Sketch of a Spanish Man

Edward Penfield

American Art

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.
MEDIUM Watercolor and graphite on paper mounted in scrap book
DATES 1906
DIMENSIONS sheet: 11 5/16 x 7 11/16 in. (28.7 x 19.5 cm)
SIGNATURE Unsigned
COLLECTIONS American Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 61.36.2
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Enoch Pratt Free Library
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 61.36.2: full-length figure of man holding stick, 3/4 profile, wearing checked shirt, striped pants, vest, and jacket over proper left shoulder.
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