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My Papa II

Sugimoto, Henry [ bio ]

My Papa II
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H: 18 in, W: 21.75 in, Frame: 19.25 x 22.75 x 1 in

California, ca. 1942


Gift of Madeleine Sugimoto and Naomi Tagawa, Japanese American National Museum


Stretched and framed.

A man is taken away from the familiy farm by an FBI agent as his young family watches. Backs to the viewer, a man in yellow shirt and blue overalls carries a brown suitcase in left hand and brown hat in other as he is led away by the arm to a waiting car by a tall man in a dark suit and hat at left. Behind them in midground, a young girl in a cream-colored dress follows with outstretched arms. A small black and brown dog walks at her side. In right foreground, a woman in a white bonnet and white polka-dotted blue dress hangs her head as the child she holds cradles her face. A branch and a shovel blade are visible in left foreground. In right background, a white horse stands with head down harnessed to a plow in front of a fence and other farm buildings, including a water tank and windmill. A black car stands in left background. Sky is dark and gloomy.

Signed in medium, bottom left corner: H. Sugimoto, Ark. Written on back: My Papa II/22"x18 1/2"

"The Japanese-language newspaper reported daily that Japanese who lived all over [the West Coast] were being taken by the FBI."

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