Irving Place Burlesque. Lithograph. 1928.
Reginald Marsh was an American painter and printmaker known for illustrating life in lower Manhattan during the 1920s and 30s. Though Marsh was born in Paris, he spent much of his childhood in New Jersey before studying at Yale University. As a student at Yake, Marsh realized his talent as an illustrator and cartoonist. By the early 1920s, Marsh was hired to illustrate several New York publications, including the New Yorker.
Battery (Belles). 1938. Etching and engraving
Like his instructors like John Sloan at the Art Students League, Marsh was interested in the gritty reality of New York during the Great Depression. He drew scenes from crowded public spaces, train cars, skylines, beaches and nightclubs. Marsh also enjoyed drawing entertainers at burlesque shows on the Bowery or Coney Island.
Coney Island Beach. Etching. 1935
Merry-go-Round. 1938. Etching
Before honing his painting skills, Marsh explored multiple printmaking methods, including lithography, linocut and etching, aquatint and drypoint. His talent for illustration made him a natural printmaker. Marsh created thousands of drawings during his lifetime, many of which were not discovered until after his death. A number of his drawings were published as prints posthumously and are now conserved in major museum collections.
Old Paris, Night Scene with Two Girls. 1928. Lithograph