Calvin Black, Ruby Black, Sylvia (Possum Trot Doll), ca. 1953-1972, nails, redwood, iron, cotton, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.233
Though Sylvia's dress has been tattered by the wind, weathering has not erased her features. She originally wore a hat and sat on a table beside a wind-driven, outdoor merry-go-round amid other whirligigs and roadside attractions. Like their other eighty creations, Sylvia possesses a distinct personality.
"This is a doll show for people who like art. Art, real art, this is it. Don't come in if you don't like Art."
Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006
Sylvia (Possum Trot Doll)
- ca. 1953-1972
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- Not on view.
(figure seated): 30 7/8 x 16 3/8 x 21 3/4 in. (78.4 x 41.6 x 55.2 cm)
(figure standing (without base)): 43 3/4 x 13 x 8 in. (111.2 x 33.1 x 20.4 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson
- Figure female – full length
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