Third state of three. In very good condition. This paper, the characteristic drying holes, as well as the high quality of the impression, indicate that Peter Platt (one of the great printers at the time, and one of Sloan's favorite) was the printer.
A very good impression of this great rarity. We have not seen another impression of this print on the market in over 25 years. Sloan routinely put an edition size on his prints, but this often represented wishful thinking, or at least habit; in this case Morse gives a printing size of 25.
Sloan's notes to his friend, advisor and supporter John Quinn tend to confirm the rarity of the print, and give us a good notion of who Moore was: "My dear Quinn - I have just unearthed this in going through some old proofs. It was drawn on copper from the life. It represents James B. Moore who, as proprietor of The Cafe Francis, Bohemian Rendezvous, figures quite importantly in the artistic life of New York. His house, 'The Secret Lair Beyond the Moat' was the scene of such gay parties as few of us who participated can hope or wish to see again. He dozed in the chair while I drew the copper..."
The picture at the upper right appears to portray the devil toasting a couple writhing in bed.
This is one of a number of fine John Sloan prints in our inventory; please contact us directly by e mail or phone for more information.