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London Bus Driver

27 x 22 in. (68.6 x 55.9 cm)

George Luks
United States (Williamsport, PA, 1867 - 1933, New York, NY)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1951.9
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Collection: Encyclopedia Britannica Collection

Luks, like Glackens, was originally from Philadelphia and moved to New York City in 1896. He was one of The Eight who exhibited together at Macbeth Gallery in 1908, and his painting of a boy with dice reflects his interest in depicting aspects of life in the lower classes. Here, a boy who looks to be no more than ten is smoking, more than likely earning his own living as a shoeshine boy, and supplementing his income by gambling.

The painting, inscribed To Elizabeth, was given by the artist to his student, Elizabeth Olds, who studied with him at the Art Students League in New York City. Elizabeth Olds was an accomplished printmaker and, like her teacher, believed in the importance of art for all people, not just the upper classes.

[Gallery label text]

Artist's signature, lower left: 1889 George Luks

Inscription, verso: LONDON BUS DRIVER/George Luks/1889

Elizabeth Olds, New York, NY; purchased by the Encyclopedia Britannica Collection of Contemporary American Painting, Chicago, IL; purchased by Senator William Benton, CT, 1948; purchased by the Gallery in 1951

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