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Drawing, Study 141a

This is a drawing. It was designed by John De Cesare. It is dated April 5, 1957 and we acquired it in 1982. Its medium is color pencil, graphite on cream wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

The artist has used the final score translation of "Taps" (see Study 141) as the basis for designing the forms of the doorway and the grill-work. The three repeating units in the grill door relate to the lyric's three verses combined with the eight bars of the bugle solo. The cross in the grill is also derived from the score.

This object was donated by Estate of John De Cesare. It is credited Gift of the Estate of John De Cesare.

Its dimensions are

61.4 × 48.6 cm (24 3/16 × 19 1/8 in.)

It is inscribed

Inscribed in green color pencil, upper center: PEACE; in yellow color pencil, bottom of doors: FADING LIGHT PEACEFUL DREAMS; in graphite, lower right: JdC c.; in graphite, bottom: S141A U.S. Army Bugle Call - "TAPS" - Words from Penn-Military College - Key G# 4/4-M8-SPK-A and B (AW and 1/2 AW) John De Cesare (4-5-57) JdC c.

Cite this object as

Drawing, Study 141a; Designed by John De Cesare (American, b. Italy, 1890–1972); USA; color pencil, graphite on cream wove paper; 61.4 × 48.6 cm (24 3/16 × 19 1/8 in.); Gift of the Estate of John De Cesare; 1982-25-69

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