Standard Oil Works, Staten Island

Joseph Pennell, 1908

WAG 1566

About this object

A railway carries materials to and from the oil refineries on both sides of the river. New York is visible in the far distance. Like other leading printmakers of the day, Pennell was interested in industrial labour and construction processes. He never explored demolition subjects as he felt a tremendous sense of loss when a building was destroyed. This reflected his pacifist opinions on the Great War, which haunted him for many years and triggered his moved back to America in 1921.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Joseph Pennell (American, born:1857-07-04, died:1926-04-23)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Etching; Paper
  • Measurements
    plate mark: 14 cm x 30.7 cm
  • Physical description
    River view with city visible in the far distance. The opposite riverbank on the right is filled with smoking chimney's and shipping masts while the nearest riverbank on the left has a huge mining structure and railway tracks in the immediate foreground.
  • Related people
    Joseph Pennell (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 1566
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery from the Liverpool Autumn Exhibition in 1909
  • Location
    Lady Lever Art Gallery, Room 17, Whistler & Pennell: Etching the City Exhibition
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: J Pennell imp
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Below plate; Centre
  • Inscription text: 194
    Inscription method: Ink
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Upper right
  • Inscription text: L 18
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower right
Object view = Fine Art
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