Palisades and Palaces, New York

Joseph Pennell, 1908

WAG 1572

About this object

The Palisades are a line of steep cliffs along the Hudson River. Here they circle the railway tracks beside the river with New York is visible beyond.

Pennell draws parallels between the New York skyscrapers and the architectural monuments of Europe, assigning them with the same cultural importance and value. He said “The only artists who see things in the world are engineers and a few architects, for the mill has taken the place of the Cathedral – and the greatest craftsmen who once worked for popes now work for captains of industry – for art follows money”.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Joseph Pennell (American, born:1857-07-04, died:1926-04-23)
  • Date
    1908
  • Materials
    Paper; Etching
  • Measurements
    plate mark: 27.9 cm x 21.5 cm
  • Physical description
    View with palisades in the immediate foreground and railway tracks running parrell to the river below. City and skyscrapers beyond.
  • Related people
    Joseph Pennell (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 1572
  • 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

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: J Pennell imp
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Below plate; Centre
  • Inscription text: N Y from Brooklyn Bridge
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Mount
  • Inscription text: Palisades and Palaces
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    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Below plate
  • Inscription text: 2nd Proof of Cat no 1287 / Palisades and Palaces, New York ???
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    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back; Mount
Object view = Fine Art
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