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William Francis Gibbs (1886-1967); verso: sketch of an African-American man

Object Number: 
1947.191
Date: 
c. 1945
Medium: 
Watercolor, black ink, and charcoal; watercolor and charcoal on heavy watercolor paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 23 3/4 x 22 1/4 in. ( 60.3 x 56.5 cm )
Marks: 
signature: lower right: "Enit Kaufman"
Inscriptions: 
Signed at lower right in graphite: "Enit Kaufman"
Description: 
Portrait
Gallery Label: 
Gibbs, the naval designer, was born in Philadelphia and educated at Harvard and Columbia. During World War II, Gibbs designed Liberty ships, which he could produce at a rapid rate, and also landing craft for the navy. Probably his two most famous projects were designs for the "America" and the "United States" for the United States Line.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Enit Kaufman
Provenance: 
Enit Kaufman and Dorothy Canfield Fisher, American Portraits (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1946)
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group