Jefferson Market, 1917, 1922
Oil on canvas, 32 x 26 1/8 in.
Courtesy the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,
Philadelphia, Henry D. Gilpin Fund (1944.10).
Jefferson Market, 2006
Sloan painted the view north up Sixth Avenue from his apartment at 88 Washington Place, where he lived from 1915 to 1927. The distinctive spire of Jefferson Market, which housed a court and a women's prison when Sloan painted it, was one of the higher points in Greenwich Village and served as a fire watchtower. Today it is its Victorian Gothic architecture, rather than its height, that makes Jefferson Market, now a branch of the New York Public Library, a notable presence on the block.