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Memory (Family Group)

John Sloan

American Art

One of Sloan’s most popular etchings, this scene recalls the many quiet evenings Sloan and his wife, Dolly, spent in the company of Linda and Robert Henri after their move to New York in 1904. The scene takes place in the Henris’ studio. As Linda reads, Dolly stares pensively, while their husbands smoke and sketch. Each is lost in his or her own thoughts yet comfortable in the others’ silent presence; this, Sloan implies, is the essence of real friendship. Sloan made this etching in January 1906, just weeks after Linda’s death from gastritis.
MEDIUM Etching on off-white, medium thick, moderately textured wove paper
DATES 1906
DIMENSIONS Image: 7 1/16 x 8 5/8 in. (17.9 x 21.9 cm) Sheet: 12 13/16 x 18 11/16 in. (32.6 x 47.4 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right, in plate: "John Sloan / 1906"
INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed, upper left, in graphite: "4-"; lower left, in graphite: "Memory, 1905"; lower center, in graphite: "100 proofs"; lower right, in graphite: "os 35".
CREDIT LINE Gift of The Louis E. Stern Foundation, Inc.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION John Sloan (American, 1871–1951). Memory (Family Group), 1906. Etching on off-white, medium thick, moderately textured wove paper, Image: 7 1/16 x 8 5/8 in. (17.9 x 21.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of The Louis E. Stern Foundation, Inc., 64.101.321. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 64.101.321_bw_SL1.jpg)
EDITION Edition: 100
IMAGE overall, 64.101.321_bw_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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