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Frenzied Effort

Artist:
Peggy Bacon (American, Ridgefield, Connecticut 1895–1987 Cape Porpoise, Maine)
Date:
1925
Medium:
Drypoint
Dimensions:
Plate: 5 3/4 × 9 in. (14.6 × 22.9 cm) Sheet: 11 3/4 × 14 3/4 in. (29.8 × 37.5 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.10.7
Not on view
This print depicts a group of art students sketching from a nude model at the Whitney Studio Club on West Fourth Street in Manhattan. The club was established in 1918 by Gertrude and Harry Payne Whitney, who later founded the Whitney Museum of American Art. The scene features witty, caricature-like portraits and whimsical details. For instance, a spider—a signature motif in Bacon’s work—hangs above a woman’s head at top center.
Signature: Signed in graphite, bottom right corner: Peggy Bacon

Inscription: In graphite, bottom left corner: Frenzied Effort
Vendor: E. Weyhe (New York, NY)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection".

Flint 57
Janet Flint Peggy Bacon Personalities and Place. Washington, D.C., 1975, cat. no. 57, 107.



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