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Drawing, The Electric Light, Study for Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, IL

This is a Drawing. It was created by J. Carroll Beckwith. It is dated 1891–92 and we acquired it in 1915. Its medium is charcoal and graphite on cream wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This object was donated by J. Carroll Beckwith. It is credited Gift of J. Carroll Beckwith.

  • Poster, Philips
  • lithograph on paper.
  • Gift of George R. Kravis II.
  • 2018-22-42

Its dimensions are

61.4 × 45.5 cm (24 3/16 × 17 15/16 in.)

It is signed

Signed in graphite, lower right, below inscription: "Carroll Beckwith"

It is inscribed

Inscribed in graphite, lower right: "The Electric Light / One of the figures in the pendentives / of the dome entitled Electricity / Manufactures Building–Chicago / Exposition 1901-2 / by Carroll Beckwith"; below figure, sketch labeled: "Black Cat"; upper left: "8 ft" [crossed out]; left center, scale indicated to "1 Foot"; below: "23.7"; lower left, "4.7"; lower center, in point of V: "23.7"; lower right corner, indistinct.

Cite this object as

Drawing, The Electric Light, Study for Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, IL; J. Carroll Beckwith (American, 1852–1917); USA; charcoal and graphite on cream wove paper; 61.4 × 45.5 cm (24 3/16 × 17 15/16 in.); Gift of J. Carroll Beckwith; 1915-2-2

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