Untitled (Mule, Dog, and Scene with Chicken)

  • Bill Traylor, Untitled (Mule, Dog, and Scene with Chicken), July 1939, pencil on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Margaret Z. Robson Collection, Gift of John E. and Douglas O. Robson, 2016.38.93, © 1994, Bill Traylor Family Trust

Bill Traylor began drawing his memories sometime around 1939, when he was about eighty-six. After decades of farm labor, the aged artist spent his days in the city, observing and drawing in the Black business district of Montgomery. He took stock of the world around him, first in pencil, later in water-based paint, learning to organize his pictures as visual texts — telling stories and keeping a record of all he had experienced.
(We Are Made of Stories: Self-Taught Artists in the Robson Family Collection, 2022)
Title
Untitled (Mule, Dog, and Scene with Chicken)
Artist
Date
July 1939
Location
Dimensions
23 × 14 in. (58.4 × 35.6 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Margaret Z. Robson Collection, Gift of John E. and Douglas O. Robson

Mediums Description
pencil on paperboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – horse
  • Occupation – crime – thief
  • State of being – handicapped – lame
  • Animal – bird – chicken
  • Figure group
Object Number
2016.38.93
Palette
Linked Open Data
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