Esther Hill Sawyer

Buffalo, NY
Pencil on paper
12 3/8 x 9 3/8 in. (31.4 x 23.8 cm)
Signed, inscribed, dated upper right: "E W Dickinson / Buffalo 1931"
Inscribed on bottom: "To Esther"
Private collection
Photo: George Bouret


Drawn in Buffalo, NY, March 7, 8, 10 (background), 11, 12 "fini" (journal), as a surprise for her mother, Esther Hoyt Sawyer. Letters to FD from Buffalo, March 9, 1931, ". . . continue with a head am doing of Sister which promises well. Has much background - all carefully done & will fill the page right up in best style; the head good size & low on the page. A present for Esther frame & all. They seem delighted." March 10 ,". . . drew from 2 to 5:30 this pm on the background in the drawing of sister . . . the drawing is a good elaborate one." Pl. 16, Goodrich, "Drawings of Edwin Dickinson."


Esther Hoyt Sawyer
Esther Hill Sawyer Ewing
Private collection

Exhibition History

1931 Garrett Club: Edwin Dickinson, Paintings and Drawings
195758 Cornell University: Edwin Dickinson, Visiting Artist: An Exhibition of Paintings, 1912-1956, as "Drawing of Esther"
1961 James Graham & Sons: Edwin Dickinson, Retrospective
1965 Whitney: Edwin Dickinson. Major retrospective, as "Esther Sawyer"
197778 Burchfield Center, Buffalo: Tribute Exhibition: Edwin Dickinson
1981 Niagara Falls: A Legacy of Friendship: Esther Hoyt Sawyer, Edwin W. Dickinson, Nicholas Vasilieff, as "Esther Hill Sawyer or Sister"
1982b NAD: Art Students League Benefit Sale, as "Esther Sawyer"