The Woman's Page, 1905

  • John Sloan, American, 1871-1951

Etching printed in black ink on wove paper

  • Plate: 5 × 6 7/8 inches (12.7 × 17.5 cm) Sheet: 9 1/2 × 12 3/8 inches (24.1 × 31.4 cm)

Gift of Bernard F. Walker


John Sloan was the most accomplished and most dedicated printmaker of the group of New York artists who, because they portrayed the everyday life of the lower classes, were referred to as the “Ash Can School.” Sloan commented on the “New York City Life” series: “Observation of life in furnished rooms in back of my 23rd Street studio inspired many of my etchings and paintings of this period ... this woman in this sordid room, sordidly dressed—undressed—with a poor kid crawling around the bed—reading the Woman’s Page, getting hints on fashion and housekeeping. That’s all. It was the irony of that I was putting over.”

Signed and dated, in plate, lower left: John | Sloan 1905 Signed, in pencil within plate mark, lower right: John Sloan

Inscribed, in pencil, lower left: The Women's Page Inscribed, center bottom margin: 100 proofs Inscribed, lower left corner: #15- Inscribed, bottom right edge: Kr 39- NY

1964-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Beall, Karen et al. American Prints in the Library of Congress: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Colection. Baltimore, 1970, p. 457. Morse, Peter. John Sloan's Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Etchings, Lithographs, and Posters. New Haven,1969, p. 141, no. 132 (ill.).

John Sloan, The Woman's Page, 1905, etching printed in black ink on wove paper. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Bernard F. Walker, 64.279.