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East River Swimmers


A signed lithograph on paper done in the Aschan School style by American artist Cecil Bell (1906 - 1970) that depicts children swimming in, and diving from a dock into, the East River in New York City.  There are also children sitting on the dock.  A ship, possibly a ferry, is moving under either the Manhattan Bridge or the Williamsburg Bridge.  The bridge is depicted at the top of the print.  Buildings on the Lower East Side of Manhattan are in the upper right and upper left section of the print, in the background. 

Cecil Bell was born in Seattle, Washington and moved to New York City in 1930 where he enrolled in the Art Students League. By 1931, Bell was doing freelance commercial art for Fox Films, work that sustained him through the depression years. He continued his studies at the League until 1934 when he began his tutorship with John Sloan. During these years Bell exhibited at the Whitney, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Academy, and the 1939 New York World's Fair.

Artist: Cecil Crosley Bell (1906 - 1970)

Title: East River Swimmers

Medium: Lithograph on paper

Dates: 1936

Dimensions: Image: 11.375" H x 14.875" W; Sheet: 14.63" H x 17.75" W

Signature/Inscription: In pencil below print:East River Swimmers Cecil C. Bell '36; In plate - lower left: C. Bell

Culture: American

Accession Number: A1977.15.4

Credit: Gift of Agatha Bell

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