Everett Shinn (1876-1953) is best known for his theater scenes and images of the streets of New York City. Born in Woodstown, New Jersey, Shinn moved to Philadelphia where he worked as an illustrator for the Philadelphia newspapers and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In Philadelphia in the 1890s, he befriended George Luks, William Glackens, John Sloan, and Robert Henri. After moving to New York to establish himself as a painter and a leading illustrator, Shinn joined his friends in the exhibition of the Eight at Macbeth Gallery in 1908. A man of many talents, Shinn also wrote plays for vaudeville and Broadway theaters, decorated homes and theaters, and worked as an art director in Hollywood.
The Everett Shinn Papers contain original materials from Shinn, including correspondence, clippings, financial and legal documents, photographs, sketches, and manuscripts, as well as the research materials of Edith DeShazo for her book, Everett Shinn 1876 – 1953: A Figure in His Time (1974).
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