A rare drawing unconditionally guaranteed to be by the important African-American artist, DOX THRASH (1892-1965), unsigned but from a group of his works that came from one important collection (the rest being signed prints, all framed identically like this one at Newman Galleries in Philadelphia). The 8 3/4" by 10 1/4" drawing (26" by 26" as nicely framed) features a tangled urban scene of buildings, windows and chimneys, two small figures worked into the composition at lower left. The composition strongly resembles certain prints by Thrash, including "Blighted Houses" (1948) and "Rugged Homes" (1944/46). Thrash's prints can bring into five figures at auction; oddly, they can bring more than original drawings. Thrash was born in Griffin, Georgia and left home at 15 to seek work in the northern states. He moved around quite a bit, working circuses and Vaudeville, before settling in Chicago for a time, where he strengthened his art skills at the Art Institute. Thrash saw combat in Europe during World War I where he was one of the "Buffalo Soldiers". By 1925 he had settled in Philadelphia, taking minor jobs in order to support his art career. He worked for the Federal Art Project in 1936 through 1939, receiving recognition. Thrash is considered to have invented the carborundum mezzotint technique. Later in life he mentored other artists. In 2005 a book was published in conjunction with a retrospective of Thrash's works.
DOX THRASH (1892-1965) original ink and watercolor drawing of urban houses by important African-American artist