Touring Car

  • Unidentified (American), Touring Car, 20th century, paint, iron, brass, wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.334

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An unknown artist probably created this wooden car as a trade sign, to hang in the doorway of an automobile mechanic or car dealer. A hole in the bottom of the piece suggests it may also have been used as a weather vane (Herbert W. Hemphill, Jr., Folk Sculpture USA, 1976). The car resembles the touring models introduced in the 1920s by Henry Ford to give every American family a car of their own.

Title
Touring Car
Artists
Date
20th century
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
11 1/4 x 24 1/2 x 7 7/8 in. (28.5 x 62.2 x 19.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

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

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group
  • Animal – dog
  • Architecture – vehicle – automobile
Object Number
1986.65.334
Palette
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