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Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire
  • Matthew Day Jackson
    born 1974
    born: Panorama City, California, United States
  • Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire, 2015–2016
  • There Will Come Soft Rains
  • Where object was made: United States
  • etching
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 493 x 398 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 19 7/16 x 15 11/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 686 x 520 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 27 x 20 1/2 in
    Plate Mark/Block Dimensions: 495 x 403 mm
    Plate Mark/Block Dimensions: 19 1/2 x 15 7/8 in
  • Museum purchase: Peter T. Bohan Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0024.07

Three blue jays are perched on a branch. White flowers grow on a vine curling around the branch. The topmost bird appears to be pecking at an egg whose contents have begun dripping towards the ground. The background is a shadowy, fiery orange. Silhouettes of deer, a buck and a doe, are in the bottom right corner. The scientific name for the birds is printed below the image: "Corvus cristatus".