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Thornton Dial (1928-2016)
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Thornton Dial (1928-2016)

The Mind of Philip Simmons: Snake at the Gate, 1997

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Thornton Dial (1928-2016)
The Mind of Philip Simmons: Snake at the Gate, 1997
initialed TD lower right
charcoal and pastel on paper
44 ¼ x 30 in.
Provenance
William Arnett, Atlanta

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Lot Essay

Philip Simmons (1912-2009), a blacksmith from the Charleston area, received widespread renown and critical acclaim as a master in decorative wrought iron works over the course of his eight-decade career. In this drawing Dial commemorates Simmons, a prominent African American artisan, by depicting the artist with the masterful Snake Gate, a well-known Simmons work created for Charleston's Christopher Gadsden House.

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