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John Sloan
American (1871 - 1951) Primary

Monsieur Le Comte's Fireworks Explode


4 3/8 in. x 5 7/8 in. (11.11 cm x 14.92 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 1962.118.a
Geography: North and Central America, United States
Classification: Fine and Visual Arts; Prints; Etchings
Collection: Harrington-Bishop Collection
Description: Sloan creates a very dynamic light source in this print that animates its theatrical narrative. The fireworks’ explosion acts as this light source, dramatically sweeping across the top of the print, heightening the chaos and anxiety as the characters attempt to escape the flames.

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  • crwths - Bowed or plucked box lyres of ancient Wales, surviving into the early 19th century.
  • etchings - Prints made from an etched printing plate, which is a metal plate on which a design is made by coating the plate with an acid-resistant substance, creating a design in the coating, and then exposing the plate to acid, which etches the plate where the metal is exposed. For designs incised directly into a copper plate using a burin or graver, use "engravings (prints)."
  • men - Refers to male human beings from young adulthood through old age.
  • orators - Those who deliver speeches, are skilled in eloquence and rhetorical skill, or are proficient in public speaking.
  • women - Refers to female human beings from young adulthood through old age.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Illuminating John Sloan Bryn Mawr College , Apr 30, 2015 – Jun 1, 2015

  • Plate Dimensions: 4 3/8 x 5 7/8 in. (11.113 x 14.923 cm)

  • Owner Name: Bryn Mawr College
    Role: Recipient
    Acquisition Method: Donation
    Ownership Start Date: 10/19/84

  • Owner Name: Richard E. Bishop
    Role: Donor
    Disposal Method: Donated
    Ownership End Date: 10/19/84

Catalogue Raisonné List
The following Catalogue Raisonné exist for this object:
  • Peter Morse, John Sloan's Prints (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1969), 103. Figure Number: 99

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