Philadelphia vs. Fort Wayne

Justin McCarthy, American, 1892 - 1977

Date:
20th century

Medium:
Opaque watercolor and pen and black ink over graphite on light beige wove paper and thin tan cardboard

Dimensions:
Sheet: 22 x 13 15/16 inches (55.9 x 35.4 cm)

Copyright:
Research inconclusive. Copyright may apply.

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
2011-160-6

Credit Line:
Gift of Nancy Green Karlins and Mark Thoman, 2011

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Justin McCarthy began drawing while a patient at the Rittersville (Pennsylvania) State Home for the Insane, to which he was admitted in 1915 after suffering a nervous breakdown. On his release in 1920 he returned to his Weatherly, Pennsylvania, family home, and remained there until the early 1970s, living with his mother until her death in 1940. Throughout his life McCarthy held many jobs, such as a farmer and a machinists’ assistant, but he considered himself an artist, drawing or painting a wide range of subjects derived from newspapersfashion and travel magazines, religious and historical events, as well as images of glamorous celebrities. His work was noticed by a dealer and collector at a local art show around 1960, and in 1965 he had his first solo exhibition, at the Everhart Museum, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He died in Tuscon, Arizona, on July 14, 1977, at the age of 85.