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John French Sloan, Hell Hole
 
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TITLE:  Hell Hole
ARTIST:  John French Sloan (American, 1871–1951)
WORK DATE:  1917
CATEGORY:  Prints and Multiples
MATERIALS:  etching and aquatint on a cream wove paper
EDITION/SET OF:  100, printing of 110
MARKINGS:  signed bottom right, titled bottom center, and inscribed "100 proofs"
SIZE:  8 x 10, the sheet 11 1/2 x 14 3/4 inches
PRICE*:  Contact Gallery for Price
GALLERY:  Harris Schrank Fine Prints  +1-212-662-1234  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  Reference: Morse 186, second state (of 2). In good condition, slight toning; with wide margins (trimmed irregularly at right and left, soft folds in margins, with the printer Peter Platt's drying holes and associated paper losses, reinforced tears and nicks at margin edges) window matted.

A fine impression of this Sloan masterpiece.

This impression was printed by Peter Platt, one of Sloan's favorite and most effective printers. Platt impressions of The Hell Hole are richer and clearer than many of the other impressions of this print (he printed a bit less than half of the edition). Platt tacked the print to a board after printing, and so on impressions that have not been trimmed one typically finds his drying tack holes near the edges of his impressions.

Sloan wrote of this etching: "The back room of Wallace's at Sixth Avenue and West Fourth Street was a gathering place for artists, writers, and bohemians of Greenwich Village. The character in the upper right hand corner of the plate is Eugene O'Neill. Strongly etched lines are reinforced by aquatint tones."

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