Quarter of Nine, Saturday's Children. 1929. Drypoint. McCarron 78. 9 3/4 x 12 3/4 (sheet 12 7/8 x 17 7/8). Illustrated: American Etchers: Martin Lewis. Edition 107. A fine impression printed on Swedish cream wove paper with full margins. Signed and annotated "imp" in pencil, indicating a proof printed by the artist. Housed in a 19 3/8 x 21 3/8 1-inch black stepped wood frame. $35,000.
According to McCarron, "The title is derived from the nursery rhyme that begins 'Monday's child is fair of face,' in which 'Saturday's child has to work for a living.' The scene depicts women on their way to work in stores, early on Saturday morning on Thirty-fourth Street at Park Avenue (identified by the Seventy-first Regiment Armory, now demolished, at right). This was near Lewis's studio at 145 East Thirty-fourth Street. The same location, from different vantage points, was used for several other prints, including Rain on Murray Hill (No. 75) of 1928." (page 144).
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