EVERETT SHINN (1876-1953)
This crayon and pencil drawing by Everett Shinn depicts a fashionable woman at the turn of the century. The size is 11"x 9". The condition is good, no foxing or discoloration. The frame is original. The drawing is signed and dated at the lower right 1910. The drawing features a New York City (Kraushaar) important gallery label on the reverse.
This future member of the Eight and remarkable, rather theatrical personality was born at Woodstown, New Jersey in 1873. Even more recent sources give 1876 as the year of Everett Shinns birth (Zurier, Snyder, and Mecklenburg, 1995, p. 224) but the artist usually lied about his age to appear younger than he actually was. Edith DeShazo (1974, errata sheet) claimed that information from family members established the date of November 6, 1876 as Shinns birthday. But if this is true, he would have enrolled at the Spring Garden Institute in Philadelphia to study industrial art at the age of twelve. Born to a Quaker named Isaiah Conklin Shinn and Josephine Ransley Shinn, Everett was their third child. He enjoyed a happy childhood as an undisciplined boy fond of sweets, acrobatics, and the circus (DeShazo, 1974, pp. 15-17).
Shinn opted for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for instruction in the fall of 1893, and began as a staff artist for the Philadelphia Press. At that time William Glackens was working there as well, while John Sloan was at the Inquirer. A year later, Glackens was at the Press, and also, in 1894, George Luks joined the staff there. As DeShazo explained (1974, p. 29), the Press art department became a meeting place for men both on the staff and off with similar artistic and literary interests. Members of the same group also met at Robert Henris studio. By 1897, Shinn was in New York, working for the New York World where Luks had been for about a year. The rest of the Philadelphia Four (artist-reporters) would follow them before long.
Shinn spent much of 1898 hounding the offices of Harpers until finally, the editor and publisher, Colonel George Harvey saw his portfolio, then commissioned a view of the Old Metropolitan Opera House in a snowstorm. The pastel appeared about a year later in the February 17th issue of Harpers Weekly, in 1900. Meanwhile, Shinn kept busy with decorative work (murals, screens, and door panels) at private residences and even in Trenton, New Jerseys City Hall. In 1899, the Boussod-Valadon Galleries gave
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