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Illustration for "Java Head" by Joseph Hergesheimer
  • Frederic Rodrigo Gruger
    active: United States
  • Illustration for "Java Head" by Joseph Hergesheimer, 1918
  • Where object was made: United States
  • pencil, wash
  • Paper Type: wove
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 335 x 505 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 13 3/16 x 19 7/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 20 x 25 in
  • Gift of Frederic R. Gruger Jr. and Family
  • Not on display
  • 1990.0194

At left man lies in bed, right arm limp and hanging over edge (possibly dead). Dejected old man in mourning dress holds on to front right post of bed. Two young women at right express shock by holding hands to face or heart. Discarded clothes and shoes center foreground in front of easy chair. Behind bed is ladderback chair with discarded shirt and highboy with top hat on top. Door to room is open with one woman's left hand on doorknob. Mounted on board.