Randall Davey was drawn to the Ashcan school by everything but subject matter. Born in 1887, Davey dropped out of Cornell to come to New York City and study under Robert Henri, who was then spreading his gospel of painting the actualities of everyday life. For most of Henri’s followers, this meant the seething wards of downtown Manhattan. For Davey, it meant portraiture and, eventually, the highly non-slum pursuit of polo. But he was clearly one with the Ashcan school in the confidence with which he handled a paintbrush, as is shown by the dash and authority he brought to his 1915 Lady Wearing a Hat (right).