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Party Scene

Robert Henri

American Art

This quickly rendered ink drawing of a woman in a ball gown surrounded by a group of admirers was perhaps done at Philadelphia’s Chestnut Street Opera House or Academy of Music, where Henri and John Sloan would bring their sketch pads to record the spectacle in brush and ink, in the Japanese style. Henri and his friends enjoyed active social lives, attending such performances as well as carousing at raucous parties in one another’s studios, staging their own amateur theatricals, and meeting for late-night dinners.
MEDIUM Black ink on cream, moderately thick, smooth wove paper
DATES ca. 1890-1900
DIMENSIONS Sheet (slightly irregular): 7 7/8 x 8 1/8 in. (20 x 20.6 cm)
MARKINGS Embossed "R H" in lower left corner and, on verso, stamped "Estate of ROBERT HENRI / Hirschl & Adler / .....NYC....."
CREDIT LINE Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Theodore Leshner
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
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