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John French Sloan, Connoisseurs of Prints
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TITLE:  Connoisseurs of Prints
ARTIST:  John French Sloan (American, 1871–1951)
WORK DATE:  1905
CATEGORY:  Prints and Multiples
MATERIALS:  etching on Arches cream laid paper
MARKINGS:  signed in pencil bottom right (also titled in lower left margin near edge)
SIZE:  image 5 x 7, sheet 9.75 x 13 inches
PRICE*:  Contact Gallery for Price
GALLERY:  Harris Schrank Fine Prints  +1-212-662-1234  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  Morse 127, from the New York City Life Series, with wide margins. In very good condition, tiny spot left margin just outside of platemark, barely visible light stain.

A very fine, black, vivid impression, with a light plate tone.

Here are Sloan's notes: "Connoisseurs of Prints is the first of the New York Life plates. It shows an exhibition of prints that were to be auctioned at the old American Art Galleries on 23rd St. Henri [Robert Henri, artist and teacher] talked about making a series of connoisseurs, he was so pleased with this one."

Connoisseurs of Prints became one of the most famous of Sloan's images, and within the world of print collecting, became an icon - it is hard to imagine what else Sloan, or anyone, could have added to this portrait of the portentous and portly perusing prints.

PROVENANCE:  Jessup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor, with the blindstamp of the University of Maine.
ONLINE CATALOGUE(S):  Harris Schrank Fine Prints Inventory Catalogue
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