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Swinging in the Square

John Sloan

American Art

Sloan made several versions of this young girl on a swing, a scene he witnessed in 1906: “Walked down to the East Side this afternoon, enjoyed watching the girls swinging in the Square [Tompkins Square], Avenue A and 8th Street East. A fat man watching seated on a bench.” Sloan, who never had children of his own, was a strong advocate of women’s rights and felt that a woman’s individuality and intelligence was too often constrained by her roles of wife and mother. About this print, he explained, “I have always had enthusiastic interest in unspoiled girlhood. . . . Growth toward real womanhood is often checked at about this age.”
MEDIUM Etching on cream-colored, medium weight, slightly textured laid paper
DATES 1912
DIMENSIONS Sheet: 8 7/16 x 11 7/16 in. (21.4 x 29.1 cm) Image: 4 x 5 3/16 in. (10.2 x 13.2 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed, in plate, lower left corner: "1912 John Sloan"; lower right, in graphite: "John Sloan" [underlined].
INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed, lower left, in graphite: "Swinging in the Square"; on verso, stamped "April 29, 1929".
CREDIT LINE Gift of The Louis E. Stern Foundation, Inc.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION John Sloan (American, 1871–1951). Swinging in the Square, 1912. Etching on cream-colored, medium weight, slightly textured laid paper, Sheet: 8 7/16 x 11 7/16 in. (21.4 x 29.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of The Louis E. Stern Foundation, Inc., 64.101.322. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 64.101.322_full_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 64.101.322_full_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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