“Seventh Avenue Subway”

Painter James W. Kerr’s 1931 depiction of an IRT subway car, with riders characteristically absorbed in their own worlds just the way riders are today (but without iPods to help them really zone out, of course).

Hard to believe that at the time Kerr painted this scene, the IRT was only 26 years old.


The painting belongs to the Museum of the City of New York, which has a terrific collection of city-themed works by New York artists.

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