A mid-winter party on the roof of the Washington Square Arch. Depicted from left: Frederick Ellis, Marcel Duchamp, Gertrude S. Drick, Allen Russell Mann, Betty Turner, and John Sloan.
According to Sloan, that evening a document was drawn up to establish the secession of Greenwich Village from the United States and claiming protection of President Wilson as one of the small nations. Sloan also notes, the door to the Arch stairway remained locked following this incident, see: Morse 1969, p. 209.
Signature: In graphite lower right: 'John Sloan'
Inscription: Lettered in plate at lower left: 'John Sloan 17'; in graphite below image: 'Arch Conspirators // 100 proofs'
Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney; Donor: Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney
Morse 1969, 183. ii/ii
Peter Morse John Sloan Prints A Catalogue Raisonné of the Etchings, Lithographs, and Posters. New Haven and London, 1969, cat. no. 183. ii, p. 209, ill.