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Village Slums

Village Slums is one of nine illustrations that Wood created for Sinclair Lewis's 1920 novel Main Street. Seven of the drawings depict characters from the novel, while only two show locations. Village Slums and another that details a mansion on Main Street that contrasts poor and wealthy neighborhoods. Wood made use of a bird's-eye perspective in Village Slums, indicating that the viewer is looking down on the little community.

Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009

Credit: Gift of Park and Phyllis Rinard

1937
Charcoal, pencil and chalk on paperboard
53.6 x 40.6cm
1991.122.1
Image and text: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2023

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Smithsonian American Art Museum