This celebrated work was published by the American Artists Group in an unsigned, unlimited edition. Burne-Jones records an AAG order to the lithographer George Miller of 1000 impressions, although the scarcity of the work suggests that the limitation may not have been filled. This impression is one of a small number signed and titled in pencil by the artist.
AAG's stated purpose was to make meaningful art available to as wide a public as possible. On the original AAG label, included with this print, Kent poked fun at the fascination with pencil signed prints: "upon the receipt of this print and ten dollars I will affix my signature to it and return it properly packed and insured to the sender. But, dear collector, don't waste your money." This was during the depths of the Depression, when every dollar counted: the man and woman Kent depicts have apparently lost their home.
Reproduced: The New York Woman magazine, Sept. 30, 1936; America Today (1936) a book of 100 prints chosen by the American Artist Congress; Fine Prints Old and New, Carl Zigrosser, 1937; illustration for the article “Rockwell Kent “ by Carl Zigrosser, Print Collector’s Quarterly; Rockwell Kent, Andre Chegodaev, 1963.
Exhibited: "Hobos to Street People: Artists’ Response to Homelessness from the New Deal to the Present." This exhibition featured the works of more than 45 artists working over the last 75 years to document the tragedy of homelessness and the government’s role in the crisis. Travelling exhibition, California Historical Society, 2009.
Collections: Addison Gallery of American Art;, Phillips Academy, MA; Akron Art Institute, OH; Burne-Jones Collection;, IL; Hermitage Museum, Lenningrad, USSR; Franklin Collection, NY; Kent Collection, NY; Philadelphia Musuem of Art, PA; Seattle Art Museum, WA.