The Grolier Club, 1934.



Vernon Howe Bailey


The Grolier Club, 1934.


In 1934 the New York Sun published a number of drawings of New York social clubs by well-respected local artist Vernon Howe Bailey, part of a daily series of pieces commissioned from Bailey by the Sun appearing under the title “Intimate Sketches of New York City.” The large-format pen-and-ink drawing was photographed to produce the newspaper printing plate, and then became the property of the New York Sun. The drawing passed to publisher and editor William T. Dewart when the paper closed in 1950 and remained in Dewart’s family until the Club purchased it in 2010. The drawing shows the Grolier Club and the surrounding streetscape as it appeared until the construction of a 54-story residential tower to the west of the Club in 2015.  


Purchased in 2010 with Grolier Club Library Harper Funds


Pen and ink on paper, 19 x 13½ in.