SOLD Tug Boats, 1937

by Reginald Marsh (1898–1954)
Watercolor and pencil on paper
19¼ x 23⅛ inches (sight size)
Signed and dated lower right: Reginald March 1937




Kennedy Galleries, Inc., New York, New York

Private collection, acquired from above

Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, New York, October 6, 2021, lot 73, from above

Related Works 

Rotunda Mural, Alexander Hamilton U. S. Custom House

Mural: frescoes by Reginald Marsh, New York City Customs House, photograph; National Archives

Atlantic Liner in Harbor with Tug (mural study, U.S. Customs House, New York, New York), 1937, tempera on fiberboard, 17⅞ x 23⅞ inches; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Note: This work relates to a mural project Marsh completed as a Great Depression-era commission by the Treasury Relief Art Project (TRAP) at the Alexander Hamilton U. S. Custom House in New York City, currently the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. The frescoes are on the rotunda ceiling of the building and depict New York Harbor scenes.

Artist Biography

An urban realist painter known for his powerful, satirical images of tawdry New York life during the 1930s and ‘40s. While his illustrations demonstrate an exaggeration of human form and sexuality, they remain as an honest, historical testament to the human spirit of his time.

By Chelsea DeLay

“I felt fortunate indeed to be a citizen of New York the greatest and most magnificent of all cities in a new and vital country whose history had scarcely been recorded in art.” –Reginald Marsh

I. Biography
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III. Collections
IV. Exhibitions
V. Memberships
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VII. Notes

I. Biography
Born in Paris on March

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