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Portrait of a Woman Holding a Book
Date: early 19th century
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Medium: Watercolor, graphite, pastel, and black ink on paper laid on board
Dimensions: Overall: 28 1/8 x 20 7/8 in. (71.4 x 53 cm)
Credit Line: Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 1937.450
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Inscribed: Inscribed on verso of board in graphite: "Nadelson [line drawn through 'son'] man"

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This object was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.


"Making It Modern: The Folk Art Collection of Elie and Viola Nadelman,"New-York Historical Society, May 20–August 21, 2016.