William J. Glackens 1870-1938
- William James Glackens
- Curb Exchange Number 2
- signed W. Glackens, l.l.
- crayon and watercolor on paper
- 24 1/2 by 17 1/2 in.
- (62.2 by 44.5 cm)
- Executed circa 1907-10.
James Graham & Sons, New York
Acquired from the above, 1951
New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum and Its Friends: Whitney Museum of American Art, April-June 1958
St. Louis, Missouri, City Art Museum; Washington, D.C., Smithsonian Institution, National Collection of Fine Arts; New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, William Glackens in Retrospect, November 1966-June 1967, no. 107
Washington, D.C., Smithsonian Institution, National Gallery Collection of Fine Arts, Drawings by William Glackens, February-April 1972
Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts; New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; San Francisco, The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, American Master Drawings and Watercolors, February-April 1977
According to Rebecca Zurier, "The Roman Corinthian style pediment and columns of the New York Stock Exchange, erected in 1903, inspired favorable comment from design critics and respectful depictions by architectural illustrators. Glackens's eye was drawn instead to the antics of the informal "curb traders," a sight often noted in guidebooks and depicted on postcards at the time" (Metropolitan Lives, 1996, p. 74).
Other examples include Curb Exchange (1907-10, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale) and Curb Exchange # 1 (circa 1907-10, Georgia Museum of Art, The University of Georgia).