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

William Francis Gibbs (1886-1967); verso: sketch of an African-American man
Title
William Francis Gibbs (1886-1967); verso: sketch of an African-American man
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 )
Description 
Portrait
Credit Line 
Gift of Enit Kaufman
Object Number 
1947.191
Marks 
signature: lower right: "Enit Kaufman"
Inscriptions 
Signed at lower right in graphite: "Enit Kaufman"
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.
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