watercolor, charcoal, and graphite on watercolor paper
The title and subject of Eel suggest that Aiken traveled to the Eel Weir State Park in Ogdensburg, New York to paint this popular bass fishing destination along the shoreline of the Oswegatchie River. Aiken illustrates a male figure sitting on a fence post with his reel casted into the streaming blue water. The man is slightly hunched with a yellow cap on his head and also has a brown object suspended from his mouth.
James Aiken Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, transferred from the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.