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John Sloan
American (1871 - 1951) Primary



The Show Case

1905
Etching

Plate
4 7/8 in. x 6 7/8 in. (12.38 cm x 17.46 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 1962.142
Geography: North and Central America, United States
Classification: Fine and Visual Arts; Prints; Etchings
Culture/Nationality: American
Collection: Harrington-Bishop Collection
In this print, young women gleefully run past a high fashion corset while an upper-class couple walks by. The young, underdeveloped girls in the print seem to be of a working class that would not be able to afford such costly undergarments. To emphasize this disconnect between the classes of the figures, Sloan connects the gaze of one of the young girls and the older wealthy man. By having these two groups interact in a morally ambiguous way, Sloan enforces the idea of capitalism exploiting people’s consciousness. This work highlights the intersection of masculine and feminine spaces and different classes in
the shared space of city streets.


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  • corsets - Smoothly fitted undergarments extending from or below the bust down to the waist or below, stiffened by strips of steel or whalebone, or with casing for a busk, sometimes limbered by elastic goring, sometimes tightened by lacing, and fastened by hooks. It is usually worn by women for support and molding of the figure including the ribcage and possibly the hips.
  • 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)."
  • storefronts - Facades of stores or store buildings fronting a street and usually containing window display spaces. Facades of stores or store buildings fronting a street and usually containing window display spaces.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Mirrors and Masks: Reflections and Constructions of the Self Bryn Mawr College , Mar 23, 2017 – Jun 4, 2017
  • Illuminating John Sloan Bryn Mawr College , Apr 30, 2015 – Jun 1, 2015

Dimensions
  • Plate Dimensions: 4 7/8 x 6 7/8 in. (12.383 x 17.463 cm)

  • Owner Name: Richard E. Bishop
    Role: Donor
    Disposal Method: Donated
    Ownership End Date: 10/18/84


  • Owner Name: Bryn Mawr College
    Role: Recipient
    Acquisition Method: Donation
    Ownership Start Date: 10/18/84


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), 138. Figure Number: 129

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