Hell Hole. 1917. Etching and aquatint. Morse 186.ii. 8 x 9 7/8. (sheet 11 1/8 x 10 1/4). An early rich impression printed on cream wove paper, on the full sheet with deckle edges. Signed, titled 'The Hell Hole' and annotated '100 proofs' in pencil by Sloan. $4,500.
The location is the back room of Wallace's at Sixth Avenue and West Fourth Street. The bar was called "The Golden Swan" but was nicknamed "Hell Hole." and was a gathering place for artists, writers, and Bohemians of Greenwich Village. Eugene O'Neill is at upper right; Peggy O'Neill (no relation) is seated at the table with him; René Lacoste is seated at right center; and Charles Ellis is in the left foreground. For additional information on the bar, please visit The Golden Swan.
This print was awarded a gold medal at the Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition, Philadelphia, in 1926.
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