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Floating Crane

Floating Crane

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Mixed media drawing on paper. The work depicts a ship with a crane, known as a "floating crane," at the Cassatt Bassens Docks in Bourdeaux, France. The deck of the floating crane is loaded with supplies and men. The crane is in the process of loading a piece of field artillery onto a large white boat. The boat appears to have green dazzle camouflage visible on the hull. There are other buildings and ships in the background. The sky is full of clouds with only partial spots of blue showing through. Signed at bottom right by the artist, "W.J. Aylward, A.E.F. '19."
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Object Name
date made
Aylward, William James
place made
France: Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Bordeaux
Physical Description
charcoal; watercolor; crayon (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
overall: 14 in x 20 in x 1/32 in; 35.56 cm x 50.8 cm x.0762 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
War Department. Historical Branch of the General Staff
World War I
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Naval
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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