About the Object
This pencil sketch, completed in the Curtiss-Wright Aircraft Plant in Buffalo, New York, features the ceiling and racks. Crawford’s notations on color mention “slate grey,” “white,” “OD,” “whitish cool grey green,” “yellow green O.D.,” “deeper O.D.,” “O.D. blackish,” and “bluish O.D. violet.”
In December 1944, Crawford received a commission from Burton Tremaine, president and chairman of the Miller Lighting Company, to commemorate the installation of nine miles of continuous fluorescent lighting in the Curtiss-Wright Aircraft Plant in Buffalo, New York. Crawford was given special permission to photograph inside the plant, taking a least a dozen pictures and creating dozens of drawings, many of which were drawn on the back of War Department letterhead.
By descent to the Artist’s son, John C. Crawford, New York;
Chadds Ford, PA. Brandywine River Museum of Art. Ralston Crawford: Air + Space + War (June 19-September 1, 2021); Dayton, OH. Dayton Art Institute (October 30, 2021-January 23, 2022).