The few of Horace Syke’s subject that feature animals with apposing forethumbs who ordinarily stand on two legs, use language and have a special knack for self-deception are included in family pictures. There are a few parades as well – very few. The rest is landscapes and flowers. Here is an exception: a man in a dark blue suit performing for a pleased and smiling woman in a light blue suit somewhere, I believe, in Seattle’s Volunteer park. If this hunch is correct then, it seems, that for some period at least in the 1940s part of the Seattle Art Museum’s Fuller collection of eastern art was left outside. From memory the lay of the land here resembles that to the north of the band stand where a park road descends to the southwest.

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