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John Sloan. 1871-1951.

Fifth Avenue Critics. 1909. Etching. Morse 128.x/xi. 8 x 6 (sheet 9 3/4 x 12 1/4). Edition 100 in this state (few proofs in earlier states, and a large unsigned edition printed for the Gazette des Beaux- Arts. Series: New York City Life, second plate. A rich impression printed on the full sheet of cream wove paper with deckle edges on four sides. Tack holes from drying along the outer sheet edges. Annotated '14' in pencil in the lower left-hand margin, probably by the printed, Peter Platt. Signed, dated, titled and annotated '100 proofs' in pencil by the artist. $2,500.

Dart wrote, quoted by Morse, p. 137: "These were typical of the fashionable ladies who used to drive up and down the Avenue about four o’clock of an afternoon, showing themselves and criticizing others."

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