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The Cover
June 9, 1999

City Sunlight

JAMA. 1999;281(22):2067. doi:10.1001/jama.281.22.2067

Edward Hopper (1882-1967) painted City Sunlight (cover ) in his New York studio on Washington Square between June 10 and June 29, 1954. It was his first return to his easel after a rather lengthy hospital stay in January and February following two surgical procedures for hernia. Indeed, even before the surgery, the 72-year-old Hopper had not painted for several months. On New Year's Day, his wife Jo, herself a painter (they had first met in one of Robert Henri's classes) who had been keeping detailed diaries since 1933, noted that Edward had taken the Fifth Avenue bus to the end of the line, looking for ideas. She thought: "Poor lamb, he has such long waits before he finds anything he likes enough to do. Think he hoping to hit on an idea in bus today."

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