George Tilyou's Steeplechase

  • Reginald Marsh, George Tilyou's Steeplechase, 1932, oil and egg tempera on linen mounted on fiberboard, 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
Artist
Date
1932
Location
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
Mediums Description
oil and egg tempera on linen mounted on fiberboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Recreation – sport and play – racing
  • Figure group
Object Number
1986.6.60
Palette
Linked Open Data
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