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The Hippodrome, London

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Everett Shinn
American, 1876–1953

About this artwork

A souvenir of Everett Shinn’s only trip to Europe, The Hippodrome, London is apparently the first oil painting devoted to what would become the artist’s signature subject: popular entertainments such as the circus, vaudeville, and the theater. Shinn’s choice of subject matter and idiosyncratic perspective correspond to French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works by artists like Edgar Degas and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and also reflect his own theatrical interests and early career as an illustrator for periodicals. The Hippodrome opened in London in January 1900 as a circus and was transformed into a music hall a decade later; it is likely that Shinn attended a performance there during the venue’s first year.


On View, Gallery 272


Arts of the Americas


Everett Shinn


The Hippodrome, London


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Signed: E. Shinn on left margin


66.9 × 89.4 cm (26 5/16 × 35 3/16 in.)

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Friends of American Art Collection; Goodman Fund

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