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Charles Spencer Chaplin

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Charles Spencer Chaplin

by March 1924
25 1/2 x 19 3/8 in. (64.8 x 49.2 cm)

E. E. Cummings
American (Cambridge, MA, 1894 - 1962, North Conway, NH)

Object Type: Drawing
Medium and Support: Ink on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Michael L. Watson
Accession Number: 1997.14
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Location: Not currently on view

E.E. Cummings was an accomplished visual artist as well as one of America's greatest poets. Some of his early work was reproduced in The Dial, a magazine that was published from 1920 - 1929. The Dial's offerings included prose, poetry, critical reviews, as well as visual arts. Because of Cummings' friendship with the publisher, James Sibley Watson, Jr., he had an early relationship with the publication, which published his poems, his essays, and his drawings. James Sibley Watson, Jr., also provided Cummings with an apartment at 4 Patchin Place in Greenwich Village.

Watson, who along with his wife Hildegarde Lasell Watson, were supporters of a number of other artists, including sculptor Gaston Lachaise. He was the son of Emily Sibley Watson, who founded the Memorial Art Gallery of the Unversity of Rochester in 1913.

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Artist's signature, lower right: Cummings

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The Dial's "White-Haired Boy": E. E. Cummings as Dial Artist, Poet, and Essayist Article on Cummings poetry and art in the early issues of the Dial Magazine. Dial was edited by Dr. James Sibley Watson, Jr. (son of Memorial Art Gallery founder Emily Sibley Watson) and Schofield Thayer. Watson, Thayer & Cummings were students at Harvard together.
It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue Entry for this artwork in the It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue. The exhibition ran from March 17-June 9, 2013

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