George Tilyou's Steeplechase

  • Reginald Marsh, George Tilyou's Steeplechase, 1932, tempera, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.60

Exhibition Label
Steeplechase Park was one of three amusement parks at Coney Island in Brooklyn. Here Marsh showed a couple astride one of the mechanical horses that raced around the Pavilion of Fun on iron rails that, in places, were as high as thirty-five feet above the ground. The nested bodies of the sailor and the girl exude the passion of young love, although the strained expression on the woman’s face may signal the transience of their affection.


Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014
Title
George Tilyou's Steeplechase
Artists
Date
1932
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
30 1/8 x 40 1/8 in. (76.5 x 101.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Recreation – sport and play – equestrian
  • Architecture – commercial – George Tilyou's Steeplechase
  • Recreation – sport and play – racing
  • Architecture – commercial – recreation
  • Figure group
Object Number
1986.6.60
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