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1930s-1940s W. W. Swallow Born: Clark's Green, Pennsylvania 1912 terra cotta on wood base 16 1/4 x 12 1/4 x 11 1/4 in. (41.4 x 31.2 x 28.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of International Business Machines Corporation 1966.27.9 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 48A

Luce Center Label

William W. Swallow created many sculptures of Amish people and their traditions, using unglazed terra-cotta and minimal forms to reflect the simple nature of Amish life. In this piece Swallow created a sense of closeness within the family by molding the figures from a single block. He considered all angles of the sculpture, and decorated the back of the piece with a tree and birds to suggest a rural lifestyle.


Ethnic - Amish

Figure group - family


ceramic - terra cotta


About W. W. Swallow

Born: Clark's Green, Pennsylvania 1912

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