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preparatory sketch for Toadstool Rock
  • Coy Avon Seward
    born: Chase, Kansas, United States ; died: Wichita, Kansas, United States ; active: United States
  • preparatory sketch for Toadstool Rock, 1925
  • Where object was made: United States
  • pencil, black crayon
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 23 x 22.6 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 9 1/16 x 8 7/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Gift in memory of Dorothy Seward Thompson and Mabel Drew Seward
  • Not on display
  • 2006.0207
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
“C.A. Seward: Artist and Draftsman,” Feb-2010, Kate Meyer
Seward preferred to develop the compositions of his prints on paper before transferring his design to the lithographic plate.This comparison reveals that the artist carefully gridded and quartered a square piece of brown paper and then refined his composition within that framework. Any mark made on Seward’s plates would print in reverse, so this drawing shows his interest in how the final product would look.