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
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.
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
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