Shoe Shop

Shoe Shop, 1911
Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones, American, 1885-1968
Oil on canvas, 99.1 x 79.4 cm (39 x 33 1/4 in.)
Signed: l.r. Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones
William Owen and Erna Sawyer Goodman Collection, ARTIC #1939.393
Photo © Joan Ann Lansberry

(From info card)
"Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones centered her early work on representations of women in modern, urban spaces: nursemaids at home, women strolling in the park, and shoppers and store clerks. In 1911 department stores were a recent but important urban institution, and Shoe Shop depicts the predominantly female employees of one such store assisting customers. This modern subject is painted in a rapid, painterly style with particular attention paid to effects of light and atmosphere. Strongly influenced by William Merritt Chase, Sparhawk-Jones's early work constitutes a highly personal version of Impressionism."