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Signed and dated, lower right: Rycroft ’49
Watercolor on paper
16 x 12 inches, overall
This humorous scene of implied seduction shows a “worm’s-eye view” of a woman standing on a path in a park, cropped so that only the back of her spike heels, seamed stockings and hem of her dress are visible in the foreground. A blushing multi-colored cartoon caterpillar emerges from the dirt beneath her feet as a Yale student wearing a letter sweater and smoking a pipe approaches in the distance.