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.

Date:

c. 1940

Artist:

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

Artist

Hilda Wilkinson Brown

Title

Oak Bluffs

Origin

United States

Date

1935–1945

Medium

Graphite, with erasing on cream wove paper

Dimensions

407 x 280 mm

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Hartman

Reference Number

1997.311

Copyright

© Lilian Thomas Burwell.

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