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The Newsboy

The Newsboy

c. 1933

Mabel A. Hewit

(American, 1903-1984)


Support: Japanese heavy laid tissue

Sheet: 44.3 x 32.9 cm (17 7/16 x 12 15/16 in.); Image: 27.6 x 22.5 cm (10 7/8 x 8 7/8 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William Jurey in memory of Mabel A. Hewit 2004.191



During the early 1930s, even as radio was gaining popularity, newsboys continued to sell their headlines on the streets. A "newsie" might have also been the eyes and ears of the city, serving as an important source of local news. Like newspapers and radio programs, prints were an art form that could reach vast audiences. Mabel Hewit used printmaking to capture everyday scenes in hopes that her work would appeal to people from all walks of life. She explained, "I like block printing because it gives the family of moderate means an opportunity to have something of color and art in their homes."

See also
PR - Woodcut
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