The Wake on the Ferry. Etching. 125x178 mm; 5x7 inches, wide margins. Edition of 350 (from an intended edition of 200). Signed, titled and inscribed "200 proofs" in pencil, lower margin. Printed by Ernest Roth, New York for the Art Students League. 1949.
A very good impression. Morse 313.
The WPA gave opportunities and financial help to many artists who were struggling during the Depression. Sloan, already an established artist and teacher at the Art Students League (who taught many artists who particapted in the WPA programs), did not fit that profile, but he did participate in the Treasury Section of Fine Arts, which hired well-known artists for its projects. He painted the mural The Arrival of the First Mail in Bronxville in 1846 for the post office in Bronxville, New York. He also created two paintings for the WPA, one The Wigwam, Old Tammany Hall, now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the other Fourteenth Street at Sixth Avenue, originally hung the office of U.S. Sen. Royal Copeland and now is exhibited at the Detroit Insitute of Arts.