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Black Duck Decoy

ca. 1930s John W. McLoughlin, Jr. Born: Bordentown City, New Jersey 1911 Died: Tucson, Arizona 1985 carved and painted pine with lead and glass 6 5/8 x 16 3/8 x 6 3/4 in. (16.9 x 41.6 x 17.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.49 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 28A


Luce Center Label

John W. McLoughlin roughed out his decoys using a drawknife, then smoothed the surface with a razor. He made Black Duck Decoy from two pieces of hollow sugar pine, material that allows the piece to float on the water. (Gene and Linda Kangas, Decoys: A North American Survey, 1983)

Keywords

Animal - bird - duck

sculpture

folk art

glass

metal - lead

wood - pine

About John W. McLoughlin, Jr.

Born: Bordentown City, New Jersey 1911 Died: Tucson, Arizona 1985