Morse 60, only state. A fine impression, with plate tone. With margins, in good condition, a tiny nick right edge, slightest browning toward outer margin edges, archival matting.
A relatively early (and rarely seen) print for Sloan (1871-1954), he was 23 when he made this etching. Here are his later comments on the print: "One of my few plates that looks like an etching from the connoisseur's point of view. It might be that had I pursued the direction here suggested my etchings might have become quite popular. This plate was made with William Glackens beside me, absorbing his first and only lesson in etching."
By 1894 Sloan was coming into his own as an illustrator for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Glackens and Sloan had become devoted students of a local artist just a few years older than Sloan - Robert Henri. At this stage Sloan had become interested in Japanese prints, Fin de Siecle French posters; also, of course, there's the hint of aWhistlerian aesthetic here.
Peter Platt was one of Sloan's best and most favored printers. This print demonstrate why: the subtle use of plate tone (ink left on the plate during printing process) gives the impression an atmospheric quality.
This is one of a large number of John Sloan prints that we maintain in our inventory, only some of which are shown on artnet. Your inquiries are of course welcome.