Fourteenth Street, The Wigwam (also known as Tammany Hall)

John Sloan (1871-1951), Fourteenth Street, The Wigwam (also known as Tammany Hall), etching, 1928, signed, titled, and inscribed 100 proofs; also signed by printer Peter Platt. Reference: Morse 235, seventh state (of 7). From the edition of 100, 110 were printed. In excellent condition, the full sheet with the drying holes all around as characteristic of Peter Platt impressions, paper loss upper left corner margin corner, with full margins, on a wove paper, 9 3/4 x 7, the sheet 19 x 12 3/4 inches, archival window mat.

ex Collection: Furniture Brands, Saint Louis, Missouri; Christie’s New York, February, 2008

A fine clear impression.

Peter Platt was a favorite Sloan printer.

Tammany Hall was the notorious headquarters of the New York City political machine. Sloan writes: “Old Tammany Hall, the headquarters of the bosses of New York City….lurked, menacing, in dingy red brick, facing the tawdry amusements of East Fourteenth Street.”

Sloan’s painting of Tammany Hall in the Metropolitan Museum in New York, done for the Federal Art Project, was copied directly from this etching.