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Reginald Marsh (1898-1954), Box at the Metropolitan, etching and engraving, 1934, signed in pencil lower right, and inscribed “For David Edgar Reisman” and numbered #3 lower left.  Reference: Sasowsky 143, fifth state (of 5). In very good condition, with wide margins, 10 x 8, the sheet 13 3/4 x 10 1/4 inches.

A fine impression, printed on a heavy cream Rives wove paper.

In 1936 Marsh made another Opera Box engraving (S. 162, known as Opera Box), a smaller print but with the same format, and also showing six people. The inhabitants of the box have changed, however, except for the woman center bottom and man center top (one can understand his favoring these two as models).  Both Opera Boxes were made at the height of the Great Depression; one suspects, judging from the expressions of the participants that Marsh was making a bit of a statement about the wealthy types who would be able to dress up formally and attend the opera during the period.

Marsh printed numbers 3-22; then two years later Charles White printed an additional 10 impressions; our impression is from the earlier printing, printed by Marsh on his press at 4 East 12th Street, Manhattan. This was a popular print, and was included in the posthumous Whitney Museum re-strike edition in 1969.