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ca. 1900-1940 Augustus Aaron Wilson Born: Mt. Desert Island, Maine 1864 Died: Portland, Maine 1950 carved and painted wood with metal 19 1/2 x 9 3/4 x 10 1/4 in. (49.5 x 24.7 x 26.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.344 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 27B


Luce Center Label

The Nantucket Yacht Club used these two penguins as fence post ornaments. Augustus Wilson carved the wooden birds using simple tools, including a Boy Scout knife from the five-and-dime store, a handsaw, a hatchet, and a chisel to shape the bodies and outline the wings.

Keywords

Animal - bird - penguin

sculpture

folk art

metal - iron

paint

wood

About Augustus Aaron Wilson

Born: Mt. Desert Island, Maine 1864 Died: Portland, Maine 1950

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