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What is this?

An isometric view of a prefabricated sportsman's cabin with slanted shed roof. Rooms include living area with sofa and fireplace, and sleeping quarter with three beds (two are bunked). This drawing was published in published in Robert W. Marks, "Donald Deskey's Sportshack..." Esquire, vol. 14 (August, 1940), p. 69. A model of Sportshack was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's, Contemporary Industrial Design exhibition in 1940 and life-size at the America at Home exhibition in the 1940 season of the 1939-40 New York World's Fair.

Why is this in our collection?

Sportshack was Deskey’s earliest foray into the field of prefabricated housing. Like many 1930s and 1940s design drawings, this compelling piece was executed in airbrush, an adjustable-spray technique that misted paint over a stencil to produce a slick, almost mechanical appearance.

This is a drawing from United States. It is dated 1940 and we acquired it in 1988. Gift of Donald Deskey.

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Its medium is

brush and gouache, black ink, airbrush and gouache over stencil, graphite on illustration board

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 55.9 × 76.2 cm (22 × 30 in.) Mat: 71.1 x 91.4 cm (28 x 36 in.)

It has the following markings

Stamps: Black gummed label at lower right: DONALD DESKEY/630 FIFTH AVENUE/NEW YORK CITY; two architect's stamps in black ink on verso: DONALD DESKEY/630 FIFTHAVENUE/NEW YORK CITY; manufacturer's stamp in brown ink on verso: WHATMAN/ DRAWING BOARD/H. Reeve Angel & Co., Inc., New York City

It is inscribed

Inscribed in graphite, center on verso: 9007[underlined]/13

This object was from the office of Donald Deskey

This object was donated by Donald Deskey and catalogued by Dr. Gail Davidson and Eleonore Kissel

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This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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