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Fortune Teller

1936
8 x 6 in. (20.3 x 15.2 cm)

Hugh Botts
American (New York, NY, 1903 - 1964, Cranford, NJ)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Etching
Credit Line: Gift of Robert W. Brown
Accession Number: 1983.134.10
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This prints by Hugh Botts captures a despair common in Depression-era artwork. Yet, the artist provides a glimmer of hope – visible at the top of Fortune Teller is a New York Times headline referring to the federal work relief programs to hire Americans. In 1936 the Roosevelt Administration founded the Works Progress Administration (WPA) as part of the New Deal. Arts projects were included in this program and artists, including Hugh Botts, were hired by the thousands.

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