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1951

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1993

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Drawing, Crane Bathtub, October 17, 1951

This is a Drawing. It was designed by Henry Dreyfuss Associates. It is dated October 17, 1951 and we acquired it in 1993. Its medium is graphite, white color pencil, brush and white gouache on blue paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This is one of a group of drawings proposed for acquisition that document work by the Dreyfuss firm during the postwar years, for clients including Royal Typewriter (1944–45), New York Central Railroad (mid-1940s), RCA (1946–55), National Supply Co. (1949–58), and Cities Service (1951–62).
A number of the finished drawings correspond to prototypes or other documentation held in Cooper-Hewitt’s Dreyfuss archives, including those for RCA radio/phonograph and television consoles, and two beautiful drawings for Bell Telephone Laboratories of public phone booths.

It is credited Gift of John Bruce.

Its dimensions are

(irregular): 33 x 50.3 cm (13 in. x 19 13/16 in.)

It has the following markings

Stamped in black ink, lower left: HENRY DREYFUSS, - DESIGNER / 4 WEST 58TH STREET / NEW YORK – PLAZA 3-8030; lower right: PROJECT #..... / CRANE CO.; DRAWING NO: R-127-2 / DATE 10/17/51

Cite this object as

Drawing, Crane Bathtub, October 17, 1951; Designed by Henry Dreyfuss Associates (United States); USA; graphite, white color pencil, brush and white gouache on blue paper; (irregular): 33 x 50.3 cm (13 in. x 19 13/16 in.); Gift of John Bruce; 1993-65-34

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