Roofs, Summer Night, 1906



The William Hood Dunwoody Fund, 1915expand_more  P.50

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John Sloan taught himself to etch from books. One of his first and most important fine-art efforts was a series called "New York City Life," which includes Roofs, Summer Night. "I always liked to watch the people in the summer, especially the way they live on the roofs," he wrote. However, Sloan's attempts to record the unvarnished realities of urban life were too racy for the early 1900s, and he had barely any takers even at $2 a print. Still, he broke ground by introducing topical urban imagery into American etching.

Roofs, Summer Night
Artist Life
1871 - 1951
Accession Number
(William MacBeth and Sons, New York); sold to MIA, 1915.
Catalogue Raisonne
Morse 137 ii/ii
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