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T00080 Downtown, New York City 1923
Inscribed 'Marin 23' b.r.
Watercolour on paper, 26 3/4 x 21 3/4 (68 x 55.5)
Purchased from the Downtown Gallery out of a sum of money made available by the Bruern Foundation 1956
Prov: With Downtown Gallery, New York (purchased from the artist's estate 1956)
Repr: John Rothenstein, The Tate Gallery (London 1966), p.258
This watercolour came from a portfolio containing twenty to thirty works of all periods which Marin put aside as of special importance and refused to sell. It has never been exhibited. The scene is in the vicinity of Nassau Street and the New York Stock Exchange.
In the following two years, Marin made six rather similar etchings of street scenes in this same area: 'Nassau Street, looking South' 1924, 'Street Scene, Downtown, Nos. 1-3' 1924, 'Downtown Synthesis' (preliminary) 1925 and 'Downtown Synthesis' 1925 (Carl Zigrosser, The Complete Etchings of John Marin, Philadelphia 1969, Nos.135-40).
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.486, reproduced p.486