Merry Christmas (Yuletide Revels)
Full of humorous vignettes, this work presents William Glackens at the height of his powers as a draftsman and storyteller. In a large room decorated for Christmas, throngs of children play with their new toys—often with painful consequences—while a few adults make futile attempts to control the chaos. Glackens’s figure style is slightly cartoonish but incorporates descriptive details that endow each child with a distinct personality. Reproduced in Collier’s Weekly, one of the nation’s most popular magazines of the period, this image comments ironically on the innocence of children and the joys of the holiday season.
- Artist: William Glackens, American, 1870-1938
- Medium: Graphite, Conté crayon, ink, and transparent and opaque watercolor on laminated board adhered to wood pulp board
- Dates: ca. 1910
- Dimensions: Sheet: 24 3/8 x 18 1/2 in. (61.9 x 47 cm)
- Signature: Signed in conte crayon, lower right: "W. Glackens"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 63.58
- Credit Line: Gift of Ira Glackens
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: William Glackens (American, 1870-1938). Merry Christmas (Yuletide Revels), ca. 1910. Graphite, Conté crayon, ink, and transparent and opaque watercolor on laminated board adhered to wood pulp board, Sheet: 24 3/8 x 18 1/2 in. (61.9 x 47 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Ira Glackens, 63.58
- Catalogue Description: Reproduced as a full-page illustration in "Collier's, The National Weekly" 46, no 12 (December 10, 1910): 30.
- Record Completeness: Best (87%)