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Monument Valley Plate

1986 Mary Douglas Born: Taylorsville, North Carolina 1956 repoussé and chased 18 guage copper sheet and oil paint 5/8 x 9 in. (1.6 x 22.9 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1998.113.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 52B

Luce Center Label

Mary Douglas painted onto this copper plate an iconic scene of Utah’s Monument Valley, familiar to us from our schoolbooks and from the Hollywood Westerns that were filmed there. This and the other plates in the series were originally intended to sit together on a wall-mounted shelf, as households across the country often do with souvenir plates.



Figure group

Landscape - valley - Monument Valley

Travel - land - horse

decorative arts

Crafts - Metal

metal - copper

metal - wire

paint - oil


About Mary Douglas

Born: Taylorsville, North Carolina 1956

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