Merry Christmas (Yuletide Revels)
Glackens was known among his peers for his particular skill at crowd scenes. As this humorous scene demonstrates, he also had an eye for telling comic gesture. Here children at a school or orphanage suffer various injuries while playing with their new Christmas toys, as the outnumbered adults make futile attempts to contain the damage. Glackens made a number of color illustrations for Collier’s magazine that detail the escapades of rowdy bands of seemingly unsupervised children, who play a bruising game of sandlot football, frolic in the streets or in snow-covered parks, or partake in holiday celebrations like this one.
- 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) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed in conte crayon, lower right: "W. Glackens"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st Floor
- 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 (89%)