"View of the City and Harbor of New York Taken from Mount Pitt, The Seat of John R. Livingston, Esqre.": Preparatory Drawing for the Etching
Black ink and wash and graphite on paper, squared for transfer
Overall: 16 3/8 x 25 3/4 in. (41.6 x 65.4 cm) mat: 22 x 28 in. ( 55.9 x 71.1 cm )
inscription: lower left: "New Yok prit de Mount-Pitt 1794"
Watermark: crest and lettering; inscribed at lower left in graphite; "New york pris de Mount-Pitt 1794"
The East River and the western end of Long Island appear at the left and the city of New York is at the right. Grand Street is in the immediate foreground, and the fence in the middle distance runs along the line of Division Street. The road along which the two figures in the foreground are walking is a continuation of Clinton Street.
This sketch was made from the home of John R. Livingston when St. Memin came to New York with his father in 1793. He also made a watercolor and copperplate print, which he colored and offered for sale in 1796. This sketch, which preceded all other forms of the picture, was purchased from a bookseller on the Paris quays in 1901 by John Anderson, Jr., from whom the Society acquired it in March 1909.
Probably descent through the artist's family; unidentified Parisian bookseller; John Anderson, Jr., NYC, 1901
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