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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Back Alley, 1921; pencil and brown and black crayon on paper,, 9 1/8 x 13 1/16 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of Peter C. Andrews, 2018

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Back Alley, 1921; pencil and brown and black crayon on paper,, 9 1/8 x 13 1/16 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of Peter C. Andrews, 2018

Sugartree Alley, Salem, Ohio

Sugartree Alley today still retains some of the character of the Back Alley that Burchfield sketched in 1921 in the months before he moved from Salem, Ohio to Buffalo. He found a sentimental beauty in crowded, ramshackle structures, old horse-drawn carts, hand-hewn telegraph poles and fences that represented small town life.