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What is this?

Sleeper car with blue chair in reclined position, white pillow, cream curtains.

Why is this in our collection?

This is one of two drawings proposed for acquisition that reveal Raymond Loewy’s ideas for passenger car interior for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company (PRR). Loewy worked for the railroad from 1934 through 1952. Like his competitor, Henry Dreyfuss, who was hired by the New York Central Railroad, Loewy designed everything from locomotives (K4 class, S-1, GG-1, and T-1) and car interiors to dinnerware, napkins, and menus. The earlier drawing (2012-1-2), dated 1935, represents a concept—radical for its time—for a streamline sleeper car and compartment with a double seat that partially unfolds to form a bed. The rolled seats, porthole windows, and speed lines on the walls are all characteristic elements... more

This is a drawing from United States. It is dated January 16, 1935 and we acquired it in 2012. Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.

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Its medium is

airbrush and watercolor, gouache, brush and metallic paint, graphite on paperboard

Its dimensions are

29.2 x 41.3 cm (11 1/2 x 16 1/4 in.)

It has the following markings

Loewy office label affixed to verso

It is signed

Signed in pen and white gouache, lower right: Loewy "35"

It is inscribed

On label, verso: Raymond Fernand Loewy/580 Fifth Avenue, New York City/Two Seat Compartment (fixed), RL./Drawing no. 26/date 1/16/35

This object was made for (as the client) Pennsylvania Railroad and designed by Raymond Loewy

This object was fund: General Acquisitions Endowment and purchased from Hampton Wayt

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