Joseph Delaney (Tennessee/New York, 1904-1991) signed nude drawings, 3 total. 1st item – Large ink and watercolor drawing of a nude female. Signed lower right. Unframed. 19 1/8" H x 12" W. 2nd item – Small ink drawing of a reclining nude. Initialed lower left. 4" H x 6" W. 3rd item – Small ink drawing of a nude female in multiple poses. 6" H x 4" W. All 20th century. Biography (Courtesy of Frederick C. Moffatt) – 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. Condition: 1st item – Tears to top corners. Losses to right margin. Discoloration to top left corner. 2nd item – Overall toning. 3rd item -Overall toning.
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