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Lot 221

5 Joseph Delaney Sketches + Book, 6 items total

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,400

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Five (5) Joseph Delaney (Tennessee/New York, 1904-1991) ink on paper and crayon on paper drawings, 6 items total, depicting female nudes in various poses. One (1) signed and dated "Jos. Delaney 1969" lower right. All unframed, housed in a black portfolio. Also includes a copy of the book THE ARTISTS OF TODAY: DRAWINGS BY JOSEPH DELANEY, Universal Publishing Company, New York, 1944. Drawings range in size from 14" H x 11" W to 18 1/8" H x 12" W. Portfolio: 19 1/2" H x 13 3/4" W x 1" D. Book: 11 1/2" H x 9" W x 1/2" D. Biography (By Frederick C. Moffat): Joseph Delaney was born in Knoxville in 1904, the ninth of ten children born to a Methodist Minister. He and his older brother, Beauford, discovered their interest in art by drawing on Sunday School cards. In 1930, Joseph left Tennessee for New York where Beauford was also working as an artist, and enrolled in the Art Students League under the tutelage of Thomas Hart Benton and Alexander Brooke. The subject matter he found there, including the city's landmarks and its people, are the images for which he is best known. In 1986, Delaney returned to Knoxville to live and was artist-in-residence for the University of Tennessee Art Department until his death in 1991. Delaney's works are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Chicago Art Institute, The Knoxville Museum of Art, and The Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The Estates of Ogust and Lois Imogene Delaney, Knoxville, Tennessee.


Drawing in overall good condition with light handling wear, minor chipping to corners, signed drawing with areas of masking tape residue to top and lower right edges, largest 1" x 1/8" (does not affect image). Book with dampstaining to right side of cover, affecting first few pages to corresponding areas, some wrinkling/toning to pages.