West Point Foundry Shops, New York City (1830s)
Black ink and watercolor on paper, whose verso is printed with a patent license application
Overall: 12 1/4 x 18 1/4 in. ( 31.1 x 46.4 cm ) mat: 22 x 28 in. ( 55.9 x 71.1 cm )
signature and date: lower right inscription: upper: "Where Locomotive first appeared on American Continent"
Inscribed and signed at end of copious inscription at lower right in black ink: "David Matthew. / May 27th 1884 San Francisco, Cal."
The unique pictorial plan represents the West Point Foundry shops at Beach and West Street, New York City, where many early nineteenth-century American locomotives were built in the 1830s, includng the De Witt Clinton which made its first run in upstate New York. David Matthew served his apprenticeship and was employed here in the late 1820s and early 1830s. It was in the collection of the donor's late husband who served as president of the New York Central Railroad from 1931 to 1944.
Gift of Estate of Hilda R. Williamson
Collection of Fred E. Williamson, President of New York Central Railroad, 1931-44
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