Drawing, Alcatraz Work Assignments
By James Widmer
Many inmates filled their off-duty hours by painting and drawing. They were permitted to have art supplies in their cells. About 1944, one inmate, James Widmer, relaxed by making pen-and-ink drawings of the principal work assignments at Alcatraz, including: making clothing for the military personnel and inmates; making wood products [such as letter trays, drawers, and boxes] in the “model shop;” and working in the prison blacksmith and tool shops.
Paper, ink, tape, string. L 66, W 50 cm
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, GOGA 12450