The Docks, 1899

by Everett Shinn (1876–1953)
Pastel on joined paper
22¾ x 22¼ inches (sight size)
Signed and dated lower right: EVERETT SHINN / 99


Private collection

Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, New York, May 28, 1987, lot 263, from above

Mr. and Mrs. Arnold and Sandy Rifkin, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, acquired from above

Sale, Freeman’s, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 5, 2022, lot 7, from above


Owen Gallery, New York, New York, The Eight, October 23–December 14, 2022.

Related Works (see following pages)

Winter on 21st Street, New York, 1899, pastel on gray paper, 20⅜ x 24⅜ inches, signed lower center; Brooklyn Museum, New York

The Docks, 1901, pastel on paper, 15½ x 22 inches, signed and dated lower left; Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Museum of Art, Utica, New York

Note: Everett Shinn’s The Docks exemplifies the artist’s interest in gritty city scenes. He painted numerous depictions of streets throughout New York and Philadelphia.

Artist Biography

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

I. Biography
II. Chronology
III. Collections
IV. Exhibitions
V. Memberships
VI. Suggested Resources
VII. Notes

I. Biography

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.[1] Two years later,

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