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What is she whispering in his ear?
  • Ruth Harris Bohan
    born: Petersburg, Illinois, United States ; died: Kansas City, Kansas, United States ; active: United States
  • What is she whispering in his ear?, 1930–1950
  • Where object was made: United States
  • charcoal on paper
  • Object Height/Width: 488 x 320 mm
    Object Height/Width: 19 3/16 x 12 5/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 25 x 20 in
  • Bequest of Ruth H. Bohan
  • Not on display
  • 1983.0188

Located at a circus, a clown identified as J. Ham Lewis stands to the left of a donkey. He wears a hat, a bald cap, glasses, and a polka-dot outfit. Towards the left of him, the words "Pledged Delagation" appear in a broken mirror. Towards the right of the donkey, a woman dressed in a tutu holds in her proper left hand the donkey's ear while she smiles. The label next to her reads "Ambition". Behind the figures, the circus tent reads "Democratic Circus".