Eric Sloane Pen and Ink “Rigging Out Decoys” Currituck Sound, North Carolina

Eric Sloane created a series of pen and ink illustrations for use as lamp shades in a small project begun by his sister, Dorothy Hinrichs. These shades and the lamps to which they were attached were made some time in the 1950s. They probably were carried at Abercrombie & Fitch’s Madison Avenue, New York, store. The sixth floor of the establishment housed a bookstore an art gallery and a gift shop, Sloane’s sporting themed work being offered in all three venues. They were carried by “The Crossroad of Sport”, 15 East 54th Street, New York. Their 50-page catalog for 1954-1955 included two paintings by Eric Sloane – “”Lingaur Slopes, Austria – Skiing” for $425.00 and “Trout Fishing – The Smith Bridge Hole, Brandywine, Delaware” for $400.00 – and an entry concerning these lamps on page 47.