Private collection, New York
New York Harbor, ca. 1898, pastel, 7½ x 12⅜ inches; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee
Note: In a smoky neutral palette, Everett Shinn depicts the East River looking towards Brooklyn, New York. The towers of the Brooklyn Bridge are visible on the right and left edges as the sun appears to be rising just beneath the structure, pouring light onto the water. Describing the work, art historian Lisa N. Peters writes, “Rendered in the period when he had had newly arrived in New York, East River Morning conveys the excitement he felt at the beauty and energy of the newly expanded city. The work is an exciting rediscovery.”
 Lisa N. Peters (unpublished essay)
Shinn’s work as a magazine illustrator formed an artistic foundation based in early American Realism, which later absorbed the compositional arrangements of Degas. As a member of “The Eight” and an Ashcan artist, Shinn’s depictions of parks and theater life captured the urban reality that characterized turn of the century New York City.
By Chelsea DeLay
VI. Suggested Resources
Everett Shinn was born in 1876 in Woodstown, New Jersey. At fourteen-years-old, Shinn left Woodstown and moved to Philadelphia, where he enrolled at the Spring Garden Institute to study mechanical drawing. Two years later,