Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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Would scarcely know that we were gone
  • Matthew Day Jackson
    born 1974
    born: Panorama City, California, United States
  • Would scarcely know that we were gone, 2015–2016
  • There Will Come Soft Rains
  • Where object was made: United States
  • etching
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 490 x 331 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 19 5/16 x 13 1/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 686 x 521 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 27 x 20 1/2 in
    Plate Mark/Block Dimensions: 494 x 334 mm
    Plate Mark/Block Dimensions: 19 7/16 x 13 1/8 in
  • Museum purchase: Peter T. Bohan Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0024.13

Three ivory-billed woodpeckers are on a thick, dead branch with peeling bark. Two are looking at a beetle and the other is preparing to peck at the wood. The background is faded, dark orange. In the background is a somewhat macabre depiction of a medieval picnic: skeletons and depictions of the grim reaper are present. The scientific name for the bird is printed below the image: "Picus principalis".