New York City: 1927. Mixed group of forty-two drawings and nine watercolors, some double-sided, many disbound from a sketchbook. Front board of sketchbook present, with stationer’s label of Dante Gambinossi (605 Madison Avenue), and ink ownership inscription: “Emily Ryon - 1927.” Two drawings mounted, one tissue-guarded, several signed by Ryon. Tape residue to sketchbook board and first page, with penciled list of paint colors. Housed in an archival box.
Delightful collection of artwork, ranging from the most casual pencil sketches to finished compositions, by Emily Ryon, a New York City art teacher in the 1920s. Ryon’s subjects vary widely: landscapes and portraits, costume and botanical studies, sketches from life at the zoo and the theater. Most interesting are the images of Emily’s social circle, including her older sister Winnie, identified as a “welfare worker” in the 1925 census: Winnie at her typewriter in a tenement flat (kitchen bathtub in view), bohemian young women smoking and lounging, “Susie” from the Art Students League asleep at the bar, Winnie reading in bed. A compelling primary document of New York City in the 1920s.