The Pump

A work made of black crayon, with touches of graphite, on cream wove card.

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  • A work made of black crayon, with touches of graphite, on cream wove card.

Date:

1937

Artist:

Grant Wood
American, 1891-1942

About this artwork

Grant Wood, famous for his representations of the Midwest—of which the Art Institute’s American Gothic (1930.934) is his most recognizable example—intended The Pump to be an illustration for Sinclair Lewis’s novel Main Street (1920). This image of a contemporary water pump would have been a perfect fit for Lewis’s novel about life in a midwestern town. The drawing was given to the Art Institute by Carter Manny, Jr., who received it as a high school graduation gift from the artist in 1937.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Grant Wood

Title

The Pump

Origin

United States

Date

1937

Medium

Black crayon, with touches of graphite, on cream wove card

Dimensions

137 x 106 mm

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Carter Manny Jr. gift in honor of Ada Barnes Manny & Sara Sherman Wood

Reference Number

1983.868

Extended information about this artwork

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