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John Sloan; Dolly Sloan; Robert Henri; Linda Henri
John French Sloan, 2 Aug 1871 - 8 Sep 1951
John French Sloan, 2 Aug 1871 - 8 Sep 1951
Robert Henri, 25 Jun 1865 - 12 Jul 1929
Linda Henri, 19 Jan 1875 - 8 Dec 1905
Dolly Sloan, 1876 - 1943
Etching on paper
Sheet: 29.1 x 39.1cm (11 7/16 x 15 3/8")
Mat: 35.6 x 38.7cm (14 x 15 1/4")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; the Ruth Bowman and Harry Kahn Twentieth-Century American Self-Portrait Collection
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© Delaware Art Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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John Sloan 1871-1951
with Robert Henri, Linda Craige Henri,and Dolly Sloan
Memory is an apt title for this serene image of warmly recalled friendship. John Sloan depicted himself smoking a pipe and drawing while his wife, Dolly, sits nearby; in the foreground, Sloan's artistic mentor, Robert Henri, draws while his wife, Linda, reads aloud. Sloan had been a young illustrator when he met Henri in Philadelphia, and recalled that Henri "set me to painting seriously." While her three companions stare down in concentration, Dolly looks up to hear Linda's voice and the soft scratching of pencils. Returning her gaze, we can almost hear the sounds of Memory.
The etching recalls the many evenings in 1905 when the four gathered in Henri's New York apartment. By January 1906, when Sloan made this etching, the scene was only a memory. Linda Henri had died in December 1905.
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National Portrait Gallery
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