About this object

The 47-storey Singer Building was the largest in the world when it was completed in 1908. Pennell climbed to the top to gain this high perspective. This enabled him to incorporate the Hudson River, a recurring theme in his work.

Like Whistler, river life fascinated Pennell. In 1886 he travelled to France with P G Hamerton to illustrate his book The SaƓne; A Summer Voyage. In London he lived in areas overlooking the Thames and his last home in Brooklyn Heights from 1921 faced New York harbour.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Joseph Pennell (American, born:1857-07-04, died:1926-04-23)
  • Date
    1908
  • Materials
    Paper; Etching
  • Measurements
    plate mark: 27.7 cm x 21.2 cm
  • Physical description
    View of buildings from above with river behind. Various vessels occupy the river and more buildings with smoking chimneys can be seen in the distance.
  • Related people
    Joseph Pennell (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 1573
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery from the Liverpool Autumn Exhibition in 1909
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: J Pennell 1908
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    Inscription location: Lower left; On plate
  • Inscription text: J Pennell imp
    Inscription method: Pencil
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    Inscription location: Below plate; Centre
  • Inscription text: J Pennell imp
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Below plate; Centre
  • Inscription text: West STreet Building from Singer Building
    Inscription method: Pencil
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    Inscription location: Below plate
  • Inscription text: 2nd Proof of Cat no. 1288, West Street Building from Singer Building, New York Etchting J Pennell
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    Inscription location: Back; Mount
Object view = Fine Art
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