Penguin

Copied Augustus Aaron Wilson, Penguin, ca. 1900-1940, carved and painted wood with metal, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.344

Artwork Details

Title
Penguin
Date
ca. 1900-1940
Dimensions
19 129 3410 14 in. (49.524.726.0 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson
Mediums
Mediums Description
carved and painted wood with metal
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal — bird — penguin
Object Number
1986.65.344

Artwork Description

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.