Mill Rock and Hell Gate from Fort Stevens, Long Island, New York City

Object Number: 
1889.17
Date: 
1814
Medium: 
Watercolor, black ink, and graphite with touches of gouache on paper laid on heavier paper (together with 1889.16)
Dimensions: 
Overall: 12 5/16 x 30 3/4 in. (31.3 x 78.1 cm)
Marks: 
inscription: upper center, ink: "Mill Rock and Hell Gate from Fort Stevens"
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed above image in brown ink: "Mill Rock and Hell Gate from Fort Stevens."
Description: 
Military.
Gallery Label: 
In 1814, in order to provide protection for the city of New York against a British invasion by way of the Long Island Sound, fortifications were erected at Hallett's Point on the Long Island shore, on Mill Rock in the East River, and a series of entrenchments, blockhouses and barrier gates were constructed across upper Manhattan Island. This is a view taken from the interior of Fort Stevens, looking west across Hell Gate and the East River with the blockhouse on Mill Rock in the distance.
Credit Line: 
Deposited by the Common Council of the City of New York
Provenance: 
The City of New York
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group