Image: 18.2 x 22.7 cm (7 3/16 x 8 15/16 in.); Sheet: 24.3 x 38.7 cm (9 9/16 x 15 1/4 in.)
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis B. Williams Collection 1941.526
© Delaware Art Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Catalogue raisonné: Morse 210
State: only state
Washington Arch, seen behind the figures in this print, was dedicated in 1895 as a monument to the centenary of George Washington’s inauguration.
In the 1920s, a growing number of women worked in secretarial and retail jobs in America’s cities. Many artists could not resist portraying these unaccompanied women as they enjoyed the city on their lunch hours or spent their meager wages in pursuit of fun. Here, John Sloan captured a humorous dynamic in Washington Square Park, near his Greenwich Village apartment. As two young women converse, they are oblivious to the older man on the same bench who appears fascinated by the available view of the woman’s leg.
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