Van Cortlandt Mansion, Kingsbridge, New York City
Watercolor, graphite, and black ink on paper
Overall: 13 x 11 7/8 in. ( 33 x 30.2 cm )
signature: lower left: "Hosier, del." date: lower right: "July 1876" inscription: lower center: "Van Cortlandt Manor House./Riverdale./Headquarters of Washington, July 18th, 1781 inscription: lower right: "To Wm. Kelby from his friend, the artist, Oct.
Signed and inscribed at lower left inside image in black ink: "Hosier, del."; at lower right inside image: "July. 1876"; at left below image in graphite: "To Wm. Kelby, / from the / artist."; at cetner below image in black ink: "VAN CORTLANDT MANOR HOUSE, / RIVERDALE. / HEADQUARTERS of WASHINGTON, / JULY 18th. 1781."; at lower left below image: "To Wm. Kelby from his friend / the artist. Oct. 1877."
Hosier mistakenly calls this the Van Cortlandt "manor" house, a late seventeenth century dwelling located at Croton in upper Westchester County. The Van Cortlandt mansion depicted was erected in 1748 in the area known as Kingsbridge or Lower Yonkers, and is now a historic house museum in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. Riverdale is the name applied to the rising upland west of the mansion.
Gift of Mr. William Kelby
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