Jan 15, 2019

Sailor and Girl in Central Park

Sailor and Girl in Central Park


Reginald Marsh

(American, 1898–1954)

Watercolor, ink wash on wove paper

Image: 55.7 x 76.7 cm (21 15/16 x 30 3/16 in.)

Gift of James and Hanna Bartlett 2018.1073


Did you know?

Marsh experimented with two versions of this composition, creating different images on both sides of this sheet.


Reginald Marsh was known for depicting the seedier side of New York during the early 20th century. This drawing shows a sailor leaning over a young woman in the back of a carriage while riding through Central Park. Their driver slumps in his seat, entirely disinterested in what transpires behind him. Marsh revisited the drawing two years later, creating a variation on the sheet’s reverse side.

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