About the Object
This photograph, taken in the Curtiss-Wright Aircraft Plant in Buffalo, New York, features a closeup view of two airplane wings. Visible behind the wings and slightly out of focus is the ceiling of the factory, which includes lights, rafters, and ductwork.
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, resulting in at least 11 related paintings.
By descent to the Artist’s son, John C. Crawford, New York;