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Everett Shinn

Eviction (Lower East Side)
1904
gouache
8 3/8 x 13 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Henry Ward Ranger through the National Academy of Design

A dislocated family is grouped on a mattress in postures of helplessness as bystanders watch the family's household possessions being removed from their home. Shinn had witnessed the eviction of an old, bearded musician from his apartment on the Lower East Side, an incident that contributed to this dramatic depiction of misery.