Fine Art/Rico Tomaso


I am researching a painting done by Rico Tomaso depicting the Jan 28,1922 collapse of the Knickerbocker Theater in D.C. It is a 26" x 46" oil on canvas, and I am having trouble locating its original publisher and where it first appeared. I know it was made as a commercial piece to be photographed and printed in the Saturday Evening Post shortly after the collapse, but I don't know when.

The painting may be called "Ninety-eight Lives Have Been Lost."

Could you give me any information that you might have on Tomaso, his works, the painting in question, or the possible publisher? And help you could give me would be great.

Thank you very much.

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Shortly after the disaster Scripps-Howard Newspapers, publishers of the Washington News, commissioned 24-year-old artist Rico Tomaso, a former student of the well-known Dean Cornwell, to paint a depiction of the disaster. His canvas (rather brutally cropped in reproduction) was ultimately featured in an advertisement created by Scripps-Howard to drum up readers and advertisers. The gift of Gene Basset, editorial cartoonist and longtime member of the Associates, Tomaso's original 26x46-inch oil, with its compelling and poignant Washington and Georgetown associations, is now part of the library's special collections.


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