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The Cover
November 7, 2007


Author Affiliations

The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(17):1979. doi:10.1001/jama.298.17.1979

John Sloan (1871-1951): the name conjures images of early 20th-century New York. Skylines, street scenes, rooftops, clotheslines full of laundry flapping in the breeze—all these mark the era of New York realism and the depiction of gritty city life that Sloan painted, drew, and etched.

After a brief sojourn to New York in 1898, Sloan moved there in 1904. He arrived with his wife Dolly (Anna Marie Wall Sloan) and into the warm nest of his friends and fellow artists Robert Henri, William Glackens, George Luks, and Everett Shinn. These compatriots previously worked and caroused in Philadelphia, often in the employ of various newspapers, including the Philadelphia Press. The artist-reporters, on the fly, sketched illustrations for news stories. The development of photography and photojournalism made Sloan's newspaper work extinct; he was therefore forced to find other ways to make ends meet.

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