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The Shoe Shop

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.


c. 1911


Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones (American, 1885–1968)

About this artwork

In 1911 the department store was a relatively new and important urban institution, and The Shoe Shop depicts the activities of female employees and their customers. Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones rendered this modern subject in a rapid, painterly style, paying particular attention to effects of light and atmosphere. Her early work often represented women in the modern city: nursemaids at home, women strolling in the park, shoppers, and store clerks. Strongly influenced by artist William Merritt Chase, Sparhawk-Jones’s painting constitutes a highly personal vision that drew from both Realism and Impressionism.


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Arts of the Americas


Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones


The Shoe Shop


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c. 1911


Oil on canvas


Signed recto, bottom-right, in brown pigment: "Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones".


99 × 84.2 cm (38 15/16 × 33 1/8 in.)

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The William Owen Goodman and Erna Sawyer Goodman Collection

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