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View of Brooklyn, Long Island, New York

Object Number: 
1955.38a-c
Date: 
c. 1846
Medium: 
Graphite, watercolor, black and wash on three sheets of paper, one larger folded in half; graphite
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 1/4 x 13 1/2 in. ( 21 x 34.3 cm ) mat: 11 x 46 5/8 in. ( 27.9 x 118.4 cm )
Marks: 
signature: lower left: "E. Whitefield" inscription: first section: "Brooklyn No.1" inscription: second section: "Brooklyn No. 2" inscription: third section: "Brooklyn No. 3"
Inscriptions: 
Left sheet signed at lower left in graphite: "E. Whitefield"; inscribed at upper right: "Brooklyn No. 1."; middle sheet signed at lower left in graphite: "by / E. Whitefield"; inscribed at upper right: "Brooklyn No. 2"; right sheet signed at lower left in graphite: "E. Whitefield"; inscribed at upper right: "Brooklyn No. 3."
Description: 
Cityscape: Three sheet drawing. This is a distant view of Brooklyn at the western end of Long Island from the United States Hotel on New York City shore. The view extends from Wallabout Bay at the left to Red Hook at the right. Brooklyn Heights, crowned with its palatial Greek Revival mansions, overlooks the East River and New York harbor.
Gallery Label: 
This watercolor is a preliminary sketch for Whitefield's published lithograph. The sketch does not show the Manhattan Island shore and the Fulton Ferry slip which appear in the foreground of the published view.
Credit Line: 
Purchase, Norvin H. Green Fund
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group