Uncle William

  • Elsie Motz Lowdon, Uncle William, ca. 1927, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Alice L. McGowan, 1984.12.4

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William had worked for the Lowdon family for decades, and when this was painted, he was said to be 104 years old. During the 1920s and 1930s, Elsie Lowdon exhibited this popular work in Dallas, Abilene, Houston, Atlanta, and Worcester, Massachusetts. In each case, reviewers noted how real the man’s eyes and aged skin appeared, a sentiment echoed by William himself.

Title
Uncle William
Artist
Date
ca. 1927
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sight 3 3/8 x 4 1/2 in. (8.6 x 11.4 cm) oval
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Alice L. McGowan

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – unidentified – Uncle William
  • Figure male – elderly – knee length
  • Ethnic – African-American
Object Number
1984.12.4
Palette
Linked Open Data
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