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Object ID 002186

Object Name Singing the Baby to Sleep

Object Desc Frederick Opper illustration of woman singing and playing the piano at forefront. At left is man holding a crying paper. Ink on paper.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002100

Alternate ID

General Category Art

Category Art - General


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location 3rd Floor Hallway South

Object Date 1895

Start Year Range

End Year Range 1937

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords art,illustrations,Opper, Frederick Burr,cartoons,drawings,

Title Singing the Baby to Sleep


Description Illustration on paper. Image of woman at forefront sitting at a piano singing. Sheet music on piano titled "Sleep Baby Sleep". In background in man standing in doorway holding a crying baby. Piece is framed with glass covering front and back sides, wire running horizontally for hanging. On back writing in pencil "Singing The Baby to Sleep / F. Opper / 1895". At bottom center pencil writing with dates and times.

Medium pen and ink


Artist Frederick Burr Opper

Artist Details Frederick Burr Opper is a 20th century artist most known for hism American newspaper comic strips and political cartoons.

Signed Name F. Opper

Signature Location Lower right corner

Height 16.25

Length 0

Width 14.25

Depth 0.5

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 0


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Image Caption CMY2100



Date MAY 13,2014

Summary fair

Assessor BN

Notes Accretions on glass on front and back. Frame is worn with light surface scratches. Paper is yellowed on edges. Small area of loss at upper left corner. 3 holes in paper along top edge. Discoloration along top edge and down left side. Holes in paper around figure of man and one by woman's, also hole in her hand. . There is a piece of paper adhered to the man's "head" with the ink on top of it. Possibly the artist fixed and error in the illustration. Brown stain on sheet music on piano. Brown spots at lower left quadrant. Loss at lower right corner. Hole at right edge just below center. A tear about 1.5" above hole. On back, paper is dirty and discolored. Yellowing around edges. Lower left corner has piece of paper adhered to patch the loss. Accretions from tape or glue at corner.




Date MAY 13,2014

Notes Needs further research into provenance. Appears to be an original ink drawing, but unsure if 1895 to actual date on piece.