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John William "Uncle Jack" Dey
Adam and Eve Leave Eden
1973
model airplane enamel
23 1/8 x 47 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson



Leaning out from a leafy tree, the angel of the Lord hands down an "eviction notice" to Adam and Eve in this witty interpretation of their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Notes pinned to the ground summarize the couple's future life: "Gravy train gone. Adam settled down. Work hard in the barren land. Raise a family. Passed years before Eve." A retired policeman from Richmond, Virginia, Dey borrowed the figures of Adam and Eve from Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

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