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Study for Dialogue

John Wilson (American, 1922–2015)


Framed: 45.4 x 31.4 cm (17 7/8 x 12 3/8 in.) Sheet: 28.5 x 14.7 cm (11 1/4 x 5 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Mixed media on paper

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Prints and Drawings



Wilson began this drawing in Mexico City as a preparatory study for his 1955 lithograph Dialogue. He would have used it as a guide when drawing the composition in greasy crayon on his lithographic stone. (The image is reversed through the printing process.) Eight years later, while living in New York, he returned to this sheet and made a number of alterations, most notably removing the figure of the crouching beggar.


In black ink, l.l.: John Wilson 1963; in graphite, verso: deacidified; stamped in black ink: Sold with the reservation that all reproduction rights to this work of art belong to the artist, John Wilson


The artist; on consignment to Martha Richardson Fine Art, Boston; 2013, sold by Martha Richardson Fine Art to the MFA, Boston. (Accession date: June 23, 2013)

Credit Line

A. Shuman Collection—Abraham Shuman Fund


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