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Sketch from couture sketch book

Two women in dark bucket hats

about 1969
Kenneth Paul Block (American, 1925–2009)


Length x width: 35 x 20 cm (13 3/4 x 7 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Black marker on paper

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Prints and Drawings


Fashion illustration

The artist has melded two different sketches together using scotch tape. The two women are facing away from each other, both wearing the same black hats with a striped ribbon around their brims. The figure to the left has a patterned scarf around her neck, and a collared coat with five buttons down the center. There are style lines running from the shoulders across the bust to the flapped pockets which sit on top of the mid thigh. She wears an inch or two inch heels with a buckle across the toe.
The figure to the right wears a turtleneck under a double breasted coat with a pocket that sits on the hip. A thick scarf or perhaps a stole is draped across her shoulders and across her bust. She wears tall, loose boots which hit below the knee. The boots are decorated with a pattern and have a heel height of one or two inches.
Text on the image reads: “24” below the right figure and to the top right of the right figure. The number “27” reads below the left figure and to the left of its right leg.


The artist; gift of the artist to the MFA. (Accession date: March 25, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Kenneth Paul Block, made possible with the generous assistance of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf