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Disaster Scene at the Harlem Railroad Station, Park Avenue and 86th Street, New York City

Object Number: 
1949.327
Date: 
1883-1912
Medium: 
Black ink and graphite on card
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 1/4 x 9 3/8 in. ( 15.9 x 23.8 cm ) mat: 10 x 14 in. ( 25.4 x 35.6 cm )
Marks: 
signature: lower left: "J.H. Knickerbocker"
Inscriptions: 
Signed at lower left in black ink: "JHKnickerbocker"; verso inscribed in graphite: "Park Ave. & 86 st. / 86 st. station of the / Harlem railroad. / Apparently a fire or other / disaster on the railroad."
Gallery Label: 
This scene is the 86th Street station of the Harlem River Railroad on Fourth (now Park) Avenue. Horse-drawn ambulances from New York Hospital stand by amid the milling crowd on the street. Rising smoke from the station area in the background suggests a fire in this undated, late nineteenth-century view.
Credit Line: 
Purchase, Beekman Family Association Fund
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group