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Lot 122

Elizabeth Layton Drawing (1987)

Estimate: $300 - $500
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Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton

(Kansas, 1909-1993)

Untitled (Alligator Hats), 1987

Graphite and pastel on paper

10 1/2" x 18" (mat window)


Pencil-signed, dated, and inscribed. Housed in a glazed frame measuring 20 1/2" x 27 3/4".


At age 68, Elizabeth Layton took a drawing class at Ottawa University. What followed was a belated career as a noted outsider artist with empathetic and idiosyncratic imagery, her activist-minded artwork shining a light on the marginalized. The Washington Post once dubbed her "Grandma Moses on Tabasco sauce." In 1992, the Smithsonian American Art Museum held a one-woman show entitled Elizabeth Layton: Drawing on Life. Currently, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting an exhibition called Elizabeth Layton: Drawing As Discourse. Layton's artwork can be found in permanent collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.


Very good condition.

Overall Dimensions
Height: 20.50 in
Width: 27.75 in
Depth: 1.00 in

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