Pennell made a drawing of this subject for John C Van Dyke’s 1909 book ‘The New New York’. This subject is exactly the same but in reverse due to the printing process. In 1908 Pennell travelled to New York to make these drawings. Van Dyke used 123 of them.
All the works in this exhibition were made during this trip although the plates were bitten and printed when Pennell returned to London later that year. They were also exhibited at the 1909 Liverpool Autumn Exhibition and purchased by the Walker directly from the artist.