" Attributed to; Design for the Battle of Lexington Scene in 1924 Film "Jani"   Lot no. 2728

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By Everett Shinn

Watercolor and Graphite on Illustration Board
Unsigned, Marked "Cosmo #51" Lower Left



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Christies stamp verso. In silver molded frame, french-lined mat, glazed. OS: 18 1/2" x 22", SS: 11" x 15". Shinn took over from Joseph Urban as the Art Director on the William Randolph Hearst's Cosmopolitan Pictures film, shot in New York City and Tarrytown, NY. Directed by E. Mason Hopper, starring Marion Davies in the title role.

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            As one of "The Eight," Everitt Shinn, made a lively contribution to American art both in the gallery and on the printed page.

            His milieu was New York, Broadway, the theatre, and colorful public gatherings. His immense artistic facility was always evident, developed in his early career as a newspaper illustrator which demanded rapid, on-the-scene drawings for immediate deadlines. An individual of great enthusiasms and many interests, Shinn was also an accomplished inventor, playwright, and actor. He took on illustration commissions sporadically throughout his career, mostly when he needed money, working for The Century, McClure's, and Hearst's International as well as several book projects in the 1930's, such as The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Rip van Winkle.

            A mural, done for the residence of his new friend, Clyde Fitch, le to a large number of other such projects, including those of the Belasco Theatre, the Oak Room of the Plaza Hotel in New York, and a 22 x 44 foot mural for the Trenton, New Jersey City Hall.

            Shinn is represented in many collections and museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Phillips Memorial Gallery.