A Bad Mixture

Artist: George Luks
Culture/People: American
Place: America
Media: Ink on paper
Dims: 13 x 9.25 x .625 in. (frame dims) (33 x 23.5 x 1.6 cm)
Date: n.d.
RTC No: AM0018
Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011


George Luks was a well-known cartoonist for the New York World newspaper, which is evident from this humorous sketch. This sketch entitled, “A Bad Mixture” was enclosed in a letter from George Luks to Ralph M. Coe, Ted Coe’s father. Mouquins was a famous bar, located in uptown New York and was the trendy spot thought of as the “in place” for the elite, intellectuals crowd.

Written at the bottom of the sketch, “A Bad Mixture Kimmel & Scotch? Gregg on his way home”. Gregg was a famous art critic for a New York paper. On the top right, “P.S. Huneker Christenes The Big Canvas”, signed “George”.

The sketch itself possibly represents Gregg in a drunken state after leaving Mouquin’s.

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