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"Waterwitch" Outboard Motor

Designer:
John R. Morgan (American (born Guatemala), Guatemala City 1903–1986)
Manufacturer:
Sears, Roebuck and Company (Chicago, Illinois)
Date:
1936
Medium:
Steel, aluminum, rubber
Dimensions:
H. 37, W. 16, D. 24 inches (94.4 x 40.6 x 61 cm)
Classification:
Machines & Appliances
Credit Line:
John C. Waddell Collection, Gift of John C. Waddell, 1998
Accession Number:
1998.537.28
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 912
Marking: Imprinted (side of each fuel tank): WATERWITCH [decal]; molded (atop housing for pull starter): WATERWITCH / SEARS ROEBUCK AND COMPANY / MODEL NO. M8 / SERIAL NO. / (engraved): 571-10; (instructions molded in relief for "OILING ENGINE" and "GREASING GEAR CASE")
John C. Waddell, New York (by 1986–98; his gift to MMA)

Brooklyn Museum. "The Machine Age in America, 1918–1941," October 17, 1986–February 16, 1987, unnumbered cat. (fig. 5.28; lent by John C. Waddell).

Pittsburgh. Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute. "The Machine Age in America, 1918–1941," April 4–June 28, 1987, unnumbered cat.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "The Machine Age in America, 1918–1941," August 16–October 18, 1987, unnumbered cat.

Atlanta. High Museum of Art. "The Machine Age in America, 1918–1941," December 1, 1987–February 14, 1988, unnumbered cat.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," May 16, 2000–January 7, extended to February 4, 2001, unnumbered cat. (p. 131).

Newport Beach, Calif. Orange County Museum of Art. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," May 25–August 19, 2001, unnumbered cat.

Flint, Mich. Flint Institute of Arts. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," September 14–December 16, 2001, unnumbered cat.

Philadelphia. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," January 11–April 7, 2002, unnumbered cat.

Charlotte, N. C. Mint Museum of Craft and Design. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," May 3–July 28, 2002, unnumbered cat.

Tulsa, Okla. Philbrook Museum of Art. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," August 23–November 17, 2002, unnumbered cat.

London. Victoria and Albert Museum. "Art Deco 1910–1939," March 27–July 20, 2003, unnumbered cat. (pl. 33.10).

Toronto. Royal Ontario Museum. "Art Deco 1910–1939," September 15, 2003–January 4, 2004, unnumbered cat.

California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "Art Deco 1910–1939," March 13–July 5, 2004, unnumbered cat.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "Art Deco 1910–1939," September 19, 2004–January 9, 2005, unnumbered cat.

Richard Guy Wilson in The Machine Age in America, 1918–1941. Exh. cat., Brooklyn Museum. New York, 1986, p. 147, fig. 5.28.

Jeffrey L. Meikle in Art Deco 1910–1939. Ed. Charlotte Benton, Tim Benton, and Ghislaine Wood. Exh. cat., Victoria and Albert Museum. London, 2003, pp. 355–56, colorpl. 33.10.

Carroll Gantz. Founders of American Industrial Design. Jefferson, N.C., 2014, p. 61.



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