View of an Unidentified Town in Upstate New York
Graphite on paper
Overall: 9 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. ( 24.1 x 34.3 cm ) mat: 14 x 18 in. ( 35.6 x 45.7 cm )
Inscribed at upper right in graphite: "2 Red / 3 White / 4 Yellow / 5 Grey Dark"
This view of a distant upstate New York City may possibly be of Troy, New York, situated on a tidal stream. It is a preliminary work sketch by engraver John Hill from an original study by his son, John William Hill (q.v.), for the projected Erie Canal Series of engravings, but was never published. Only one unlettered proof etched in line is known of this view, also owned by the Society. Numbers at the upper right serve as a guide for the engraver.
Gift of Samuel Verplanck Hoffman
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