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    Stuart Davis (American, 1892-1964)
    The Greenwich Village Inn, 1918
    Crayon, gouache, ink and pencil on paper
    12 x 8-1/2 inches (30.5 x 21.6 cm)
    Signed and dated lower right: Stuart Davis 1918

    The artist;
    Estate of the above;
    Collection of Earl Davis, the artist's son, acquired from the above;
    Norton Gallery & School of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida;
    Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York;
    Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, Inc., New York;
    Private collection, New York.

    Norton Gallery & School of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, "Stuart Davis' New York, October 1985-May 1986, no. 10;
    Museum of the City of New York, New York, "Within Bohemia's Borders: Greenwich Village, 1830-1930," October 16, 1990-February 3, 1991, no. 211 (as The Greenwich Village Inn, 5 Sheridan Square).

    J.S. Ramirez, Within Bohemia's Borders: Greenwich Village, 1830-1930, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1990, p. 75, no. 211, illustrated;
    R. Beard and L.C. Berlowitz, Greenwich Village: Culture and Counterculture, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1993, p. 354, fig. 143, illustrated;
    A. Boyajian and M. Rutkoski, Stuart Davis: A Catalogue Raisonné, Vol. II, New Haven, Connecticut, 2007, p. 57, no. 127, illustrated.

    The catalogue raisonné states: "This drawing is perhaps a study for the sign (now lost) that Davis painted for the Greenwich Village Inn. The April 1918 article in the Greenwich Village Spectator announced, "The Greenwich Village Inn has a new sign painted by Stuart Davis,' and goes on to describe that the sign 'shows typical village houses against a dim background of downtown skyscrapers. The casual visitor to the Quarter will now be able to locate "Polly's" without enlisting the services of a guide.' In the same issue, an advertisement for the restaurant notes, 'The Greenwich Village Inn (Polly's). Lunch and dinner a la carte; Supper till one a.m. in the cafe, with the big fire place. Music and the true spirit of Greenwich Village. Five Sheridan Square. (One or two choice apartments to let above the restaurant).' This drawing may have also served perhaps as a design for the restaurant's menu covers, although no primary documentation regarding menu covers has been found" (A. Boyajian and M. Rutkoski, Stuart Davis: A Catalogue Raisonné, 2007, p. 127).

    Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000.

    Condition Report*: sheet measures 15 x 11 inches and is hinged at top corners verso; light foxing; an approx. 1 inch repaired tear lower right corner, pinholes in upper corners and a small light stain lower left corner - not visible when matted and not affecting image; minor handling creases.
    Framed Dimensions 17.5 X 17.5 Inches
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