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View of Newport with Harbor Entrance and Ruined Tower, Rhode Island

Object Number: 
X.483
Date: 
c. 1823
Medium: 
Watercolor, brown ink, and graphite on paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 1/2 x 14 3/4 in. ( 24.1 x 37.5 cm ) mat: 16 x 21 7/8 in. ( 40.6 x 55.6 cm )
Marks: 
inscription: lower right, ink: "8. Perspective at New Port, R.I." stamp: verso: "[New-York Historical Society Stamp]"
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed and signed along upper edge in brown ink: "View near Newport, Rhode-island. 1 Gibbs-tower or the old wind-mill of Governor Arnold, in ruins. 2. a part / of the town appearing over the brow of the hill. 3. entrance of the harbour. 4. Martello tower on the dumplin[?] rocks / of Couanicut[sic] island. 5. Brinton's[sic] point on the neck bearing fort Adams. 6. Beaver-tail, part of Couanicut. 7. Narra-ganset[sic] country. 8. Mackrel-cove[sic]. 9. Strait of Goat-island with the U. S. milita
Description: 
Landscape
Gallery Label: 
This watercolor is from the collection of Dr. Samuel Latham Mitchell (1764-1831), a prominent New Yorker and a founding member of The New-York Historical Society. It was recovered from the cellar of the second New York Almshouse of 1797. The perspective of Newport harbor was from the Old Stone Mill in the present Touro Park on Mill Street. The mill's erection--whether by the Norsemen or by the English settlers--was a subject of sporadic controversy.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Isaacher Cozzens
Provenance: 
Collection of Samuel Latham Mitchell, founding member of N-YHS.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group