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Robert Henri (Cincinnati, Ohio, 1865 - 1929, New York City, New York); Walter Pach (New York, New York, 1883 – 1958, New York, New York); Magda Frohberg Pach (Magdalena Frohberg) (Dresden, Germany, 1884 – 1950, New York, NY)


Black clamshell portfolio box with 44 loose drawings

Creation Date



20 3/4 x 16 x 3 in. (52.71 x 40.64 x 7.62 cm)

Object Type


Creation Place

North America, United States

Medium and Support

graphite, ink, charcoal, pastel on paper with paper and cardboard mats

Credit Line

Gift of Francis M. Naumann and Marie T. Keller


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Object Description

Black Portfolio box
42 drawings (charcoal, pencil, pen and ink and pastel) [44 counted at BCMA]
Drawings that Pach must have considered among his best or most important for many are matted
1 drawing of a model’s head by Robert Henri; next to it, the same model drawing by Walter Pach. This “drawing lesson” likely took place when Pach served as an agent for Robert Henri for his summer class in Madrid in 1906
Preparatory studies for paintings, watercolors and prints
2 pencil drawings of heads by Magda Pach
Man female nudes and portraits, pencil and ink studies 1 drawing of a reclining female nude from the back in pastel
Study for beach-scene composition, study for the sculpture La Diane de Jean Goujon, which he made as a watercolor in 1931, and one of several studies for a Sumerian figure.

BCMA: A group of 44 drawings housed in a clamshell portfolio box; mostly work by Walter Pach, with two portrait drawings signed Magda Pach and one side-by-side pair of drawings by Robert Henri and Walter Pach, probably ca. 1906. One pastel of a reclining female nude.Variety of subjects and paper types; includes studies for paintings, watercolors, and prints. Titles include Boy Playing the Piano (n.d.), Roy Harris [portrait] published in Modern Music for January 1934; The House at Brewster / for Nikifora, W.P. No. 31. Many are dated, with bulk between 1927 and 1934; several drawings are matted, and some have prices penciled at lower right ($25 to $350).

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