Tire Jumping in Front of My Window

Allan Crite1936/1947

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Boston, MA, United States

Raised in Boston, Crite often painted scenes of life in the city’s South End. Here, children play, lining up to jump over a rolling tire. Crite had a special relationship with this spot, the otherwise ordinary corner of Dilworth and Northampton Streets:“I lived over that store for forty-six years. I looked out that window, down Northampton Street towards Columbus Avenue African Methodist Episcopal Church . . . Dilworth Street was an important phase in my life, where much of my major work as an artist was produced. . . . Today the street no longer exists. It is a vacant lot. The street is a memory, along with all the other vanished streets of the city.”


  • Title: Tire Jumping in Front of My Window
  • Creator: Allan Rohan Crite
  • Date Created: 1936/1947
  • Physical Dimensions: 23 1/2 x 17 1/2 in.
  • Provenance: 1947, the artist. IBM Corporation, N.Y. Private collection. By 1994, Peg Alston Fine Arts, N.Y.; 1994, sold by Peg Alston Fine Arts to George and Joyce Wein, N.Y.; by 2007 consigned to the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, N.Y.; 2007, sold by the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery to the MFA.
  • Subject Keywords: African American Artist
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Charles H. Bayley Picture and Painting Fund and The Heritage Fund for a Diverse Collection. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. All Rights Reserved.
  • External Link: MFA Website Entry
  • Medium: Oil on canvasboard

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