"BLUE DOG" Shark

  • John Orne Johnson Frost, "BLUE DOG" Shark, ca. 1922-1928, carved and painted wood with iron hooks, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.247

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John Orne Johnson Frost created many sculptures of fish, birds, and ships inspired by his time spent at sea. He made “BLUE DOG” Shark from a section of wooden board, which he cut out and shaped to create the image of a fish. Frost hung sculptures like this from the rafters of his workshop to teach visitors about the different types of fish.

Title
"BLUE DOG" Shark
Artist
Date
ca. 1922-1928
Location
Dimensions
12 1/2 x 71 1/4 x 1 3/8 in. (31.8 x 181.0 x 3.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
carved and painted wood with iron hooks
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – fish – shark
Object Number
1986.65.247
Palette
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