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The Cover
January 25, 2006

The White Way

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2006;295(4):360. doi:10.1001/jama.295.4.360

The American artist John Sloan (1871-1951) began his professional career as a freelance commercial artist at the young age of 20. The following year, he was hired as an on-staff newspaper illustrator for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he learned to sketch detailed news scenes. Although proficient at drawing renditions of accidents and political events, Sloan was not well-suited for the quick turnaround time the paper required. In 1894, Sloan excelled at a more creative style of art when he joined the new art craze and began drawing poster-style illustrations. With poster-style art, Sloan was able to extend his reach beyond the methodical sketching of a news scene and was allowed more time to perfect his work. Sloan's poster-style illustrations for the Philadelphia Inquirer, including the ladies' lawn tennis tournament at Wissahickon Heights and couples strolling along the Atlantic City boardwalk, quickly drew national acclaim and praise.

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