Reginald Marsh was an American painter born in Paris on March 14, 1898. Both of Reginald Marsh’s parents were painters. When Marsh was two years old his family moved to Nutley, New Jersey. He attended Yale University and graduated in 1920. After college, Marsh settled in New York in 1920 and began working as a free-lance artist. In 1925 he became an original member of the staff of The New Yorker magazine, for which he drew humorous illustrations and metropolitan scenes. In 1929 he began painting scenes of city life, including Coney Island crowds and Bowery derelicts. Marsh was attracted to the noise and movement of New York City. He liked to depict crowds pursuing public pleasures at theaters, burlesque houses, dance halls, and beaches. His beach scenes usually show healthy young people sunning, wrestling, and embracing each other, such as in Negroes of Rockaway Beach (1934). After his death on July 3, 1954, many of his prints and thousands of unfinished sketches were found in his estate. Many of his works are displayed in prominent art museums throughout the country, such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago.