By 1929, Campbell relocated to New York around the corner to 3 Washington Square North. It is from this vantage point that Campbell’s brilliant and spirited painting, Washington Square, New York, was rendered. Showing a slice of life in the heart of Greenwich Village, the scene captures the diversity of the bustling city as well as the lingering effects of the Great Depression felt by some members of the population. While couples casually walk arm-in-arm and others spend the afternoon seated amongst the park’s benches, shoe-shiners fervently market their services to passersby, determined to line up their next customers during trying times.
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Private collection, Roslindale, Massachusetts
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. 33063, November 1999
To private collection, Watertown, Massachusetts, May 2000
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. 35348, March-June 2009
Returned to private collection, Watertown, Massachusetts, June 2009 to present
- Previous Vose Galleries label, inventory no. 33063
- Berry-Hill Galleries, Inc., New York, exhibition label / Homage to the Square: / Picturing Washington Square 1890-1965 / May 24 – July 13, 2001
Homage to the Square: Picturing Washington Square 1890-1965 (New York: Berry-Hill Galleries, Inc., 2001), Plate 39, p. 139
Homage to the Square: Picturing Washington Square 1890-1965, Berry-Hill Galleries, Inc. New York, May 24 – July 13, 2001