About the Object
This pencil sketch, completed in the Curtiss-Wright Aircraft Plant in Buffalo, New York, features airplane wings stacked up behind another wing that cuts through the row. In the foreground a small triangular factory fixture is echoed by a large ladder on the right. A row of skylights runs across of the upper part of the page. The ladder-like form, in varying states of abstraction, figures prominently in several related works in the Collection, including Factory with Yellow Center Shape, (VF2013.01.01).
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).