Medium: Brown ink on paper, within sketchbook
Dimensions: 12 x 18 in. (30.5 x 45.7 cm)
Credit Line: Purchased from Mary Petersen by the Christian Petersen Memorial Fund. In the Christian Petersen Art Collection, Christian Petersen Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
In the drawing Woman in a cloak, the figures of the person standing with crutches and a woman assisting a child were intended for a sculptural installation symbolizing the various divisions of Iowa State College; these figures would have been part of the Home Economics section. Petersen sketched a few figures similar to this, draped and mourning female figure, sometimes shown making a gesture of prayer, sometimes with hands crossed on her chest, and other times with her hands clasped together and thrust downward.