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Trucking

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2008,7039.2

  • Title (object)

    • Trucking
  • Description

    Man dancing with large left hand, index finger pointing upwards; musical instruments behind his head. 1936
    Wood-engraving on oriental tissue-thin paper

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1936
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 115 millimetres
    • Width: 53 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed on the block.
        Signed, dated and titled in pencil
  • Curator's comments

    Published by the WPA Federal Art project, New York City. 'Trucking' is jazz slang for a two-step African-American dance solo that originated in the early 1930s in which the performer beats the rhythm with an index finger in a 'tut-tut' gesture. See H. Brook Webb, 'The Slang of Jazz', American Speech, vol.12, no.3 (Oct.1937), pp.170-84

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  • Location

    American XXc Mounted Roy

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    30 October 2008

    Treatment proposal

    Mount

    Condition

    Unmounted

    Treatment details

    Mounted into an overthrow 3ply Royal mount using Heritage conservation board and hinged to backboard using Japanese paper hinges and Culminal adhesive (non-ionic cellulose ether).

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  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2012

  • Acquisition notes

    Credit line on labels and catalogues: 'Gift of Carla Becker to the American Friends of the British Museum'. Formally acquired in 2012

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    2008,7039.2

  • Additional IDs

    • 2009,AFBMLoan,9.2 (AFBM Loan Number)
Man dancing with large left hand, index finger pointing upwards; musical instruments behind his head. 1936
Wood engraving on oriental tissue-thin paper

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Man dancing with large left hand, index finger pointing upwards; musical instruments behind his head. 1936 Wood engraving on oriental tissue-thin paper

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