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about 1969
John Benson (American, born in 1927)


Image: 23.7 x 28.2 cm (9 5/16 x 11 1/8 in.) Sheet: 27.9 x 35.6 cm (11 x 14 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Photograph, gelatin silver print

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Photography



e-mail from the artist to Karen Haas, Lane Curator of Photographs, Oct 2017:
It was taken in July 1969 at my friend’s summer home in Provincetown. They are George and Hazel Morrison from Minnesota, both artists. George worked with found driftwood to make large colorful abstractions. Hazel made exquisite drawings on paper of various textures and colors and inks. As I recall the cat was named Alice. She and her kittens were napping on a nearby braided rug. We decided to make a photograph. George removed his clothes. Hazel put on her white gown. I pulled the rug into the picture, called to the cat and pressed the shutter. It was group think.


On verso: signature and inscription.


Artist; purchased December 1976.

Credit Line

Polaroid Foundation Purchase Fund