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Martha and Mary

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Martha and Mary

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Everett Shinn
American, 1873–1953

Date

ca. 1910

Medium

Watercolor and charcoal pencil on brown paper

Accession #

2005.215

Dimensions

10 5/8 x 8 1/2 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Everett Shinn often depicted the urban poor and revealed the hardships of impoverished city life through careful character studies. Also interested in popular theatre, he often wrote, produced, and showed his plays in the fifty-five-seat theatre in his New York City home. A combination of these two interests, Martha and Mary are downtrodden characters from Shinn’s one-set play The Dump, set accordingly in a city dump.

Credit

Purchase with funds from Eleanor and Jeb Stewart, Jean and Glenn Verrill Foundation, and the American Art Collectors

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