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Oak Bluffs

A work made of graphite, with erasing on cream wove paper.
© Lilian Thomas Burwell.

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  • A work made of graphite, with erasing on cream wove paper.


c. 1940


Hilda Wilkinson Brown
American, 1894-1981

About this artwork

Hilda Wilkinson Brown, an artist and art educator, grew up and spent her entire life in Washington, D.C. She spent her summers at her family’s retreat near the Oak Bluffs area of Martha’s Vineyard. At the time, the beach depicted here was reserved for African Americans and known in code as “the inkwell.” As Brown’s niece, the artist Lillian Thomas Burwell, noted, this is an especially poignant image, “in a family sense, of Negro exclusion and reconciliation of the times.”


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Prints and Drawings


Hilda Wilkinson Brown


Oak Bluffs


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Graphite, with erasing on cream wove paper


40.7 × 28 cm (16 1/16 × 11 1/16 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Hartman

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© Lilian Thomas Burwell.

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