View of the Hudson at West Point with a Block House
Watercolor, black ink, and graphite on paper, laid on heavier paper
Overall: 13 1/8 x 16 1/4 in. ( 33.3 x 41.3 cm ) mat: 22 x 28 in. ( 55.9 x 71.1 cm )
inscriptions: Lower right: Drawn by my father/Archibald Robertson, / Andrew J. Robertson; Title, lower center
Inscribed at lower right in brown ink: "drawn by my father / Archibald Robertson / Andrew J Robertson"; at lower center on heavier paper in black ink: "BLOCK HOUSE at WEST POINT"; at lower right on heavier paper in graphite; "1802"; below in brown ink: "drawn by my father Archibald Robertson / Andrew J Robertson 19 West 35th St New York"; randomly below: "17[?} Soldiers The Black Enger"
During the American Revolution a number of blockhouses were erected at West Point as part of a chain of fortifications designed to block the Hudson River against the British. A small military garrison continued to serve here after the war until West Point was selected as the location for the United States Military Academy. The blockhouse delineated by Robertson is typical of those constructed here and is believed to have stood in the area later known as Kinsley Hill.
Permanent Loan from the Beekman Family Association
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.