Amon Carter print details

Bread Line New York

Clare Leighton (1898-1989)

Object Details

  • Date


  • Object Type


  • Medium

    Wood engraving

  • Dimensions

    Image: 12 x 8 in.
    Sheet: 16 7/8 x 10 3/4 in.

  • Edition


  • Inscriptions


    l.l. beneath image, in graphite: 35/100 Bread Line New York

    signed l.r. beneath image, in graphite: Clare Leighton

  • Credit Line

    Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

  • Accession Number


  • Copyright

    Courtesy of the Artist's Estate © Estate of Clare Leighton

Object Description

Leighton established a reputation in the 1920s for woodcuts and wood engravings portraying scenes of work, typically in a rural setting. During the Great Depression, she took on the subject of urban unemployment, producing this print showing a bread line in Manhattan.

Leighton’s print adopts a view from street level, looking over the shoulders of a procession of waiting figures. Above and to the left, illuminated signs advertise unobtainable goods and services, while at the base of the image three men attempt to warm themselves over a feeble fire. Monumental skyscrapers preside over the dreary scene, gleaming in the cold winter light. Leighton’s precise cross-hatching intensifies the impersonal qualities of the image, producing shadows that rake across the backs of the figures and the surrounding architecture.

—Text taken from the Carter Handbook (2023)

Additional details

Location: Off view
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