barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

John Sloan (1871-1951)

Man, Wife and Child (New York City Life Series)

New York, 1905


Plate: 12.4 x 17.1 cm; sheet: 25.1 x 32.4 cm 


Sloan produced illustrations for magazine stories, newspaper picture puzzles and an early strip cartoon, ‘Paul Pallette, the Practical Paintist’ (1905-6) for the Philadelphia Press. The narrative movement of cartoons from panel to panel offers one way of reading the New York City Life etchings. Without depicting the exact same woman, three of the prints suggest a housewife’s daily round from passing the afternoon with the newspaper to dancing with her husband on his return from work to turning out the light.

Gifted by Delaware Art Museum and the Helen Farr Sloan Estate in 2017 (No. 2017.1/8)

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