John La Farge (American, New York 1835–1910 Providence, Rhode Island)
Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on off-white wove paper
17 15/16 x 21 7/8 in. (45.6 x 55.6 cm)
Purchase, Mrs. Arthur Hays Sulzberger Gift, in memory of Mr. Arthur Hays Sulzberger, 1970
Not on view
Inscription: [below figure at left]: Otaota; [below central figure]: Siakumo; [at lower left]: La Farge 1891.; [at lower right]: Samoa. girls with canoe; [at bottom in margin]: My dear Bam, I send this as it is so far the most satisfactory of the sketches. paper has been wet in salt water / and the washing [?] out has made it absorbent as you see with this black india ink. I get [?] the thing [?] out in tone [?] so that it looks like a modern picture. might be any where--not here in South Seas, so I give it up.
Artist: John La Farge (American, New York 1835–1910 Providence, Rhode Island)Date: ca. 1886–87Medium: Watercolor and gouache on white wove paper mounted on gray pulpboard, with cut-out "mat" of off-white laid paperAccession: 67.55.177a–cOn view in:Not on view