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Ed Stitt

Paintings & Drawings

My First 40 Years

173 Marlborough Street

173 Marlborough Street 1993 oil on linen 32x40” collection of Ernst and Gail von Metzsch

I actually discovered this painting on the way home from doing an alley painting in the Back Bay. I rarely do paintings in the middle of the day, when the sun is directly overhead, preferring the slanted angle of the sun in the morning or afternoon. But I was struck by the harsh shadows cast by noonday sun on the grill work and door of 173. The odd placement of the fire escape also afforded some interesting shadows. So I had no normal lunchtimes for a while.