New York from Brooklyn Bridge

Joseph Pennell, 1908

WAG 1570

About this object

This New York view emphasises the size of the Singer Building with its flag pole almost reaching the top of the plate. The two steam ships lying in port represent the city’s important industrial transatlantic links.

When Pennell moved to England in 1885, New York was not yet the centre of production, industry and power. Tower Building, completed in 1889, was the first ever skyscraper. Van Dyke described how ‘sky-scrapers are put up overnight. One can actually see the steel platforms grow from hour to hour as they lift higher and higher into the air.’ When Pennell returned to New York in 1904 he was confronted with a very different landscape.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Joseph Pennell (American, born:1857-07-04, died:1926-04-23)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Paper; Etching
  • Measurements
    plate mark: 27.9 cm x 21.4 cm
  • Physical description
    Atmospheric cityscape with river in the immediate foreground and fog circling the tall skyscrapers in the distance.
  • Related people
    Joseph Pennell (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 1570
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery from the Liverpool Autumn Exhibition in 1909
  • Location
    Sudley House, First Floor, Special Exhibitions Room
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: Pennell
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Below plate; Centre
  • Inscription text: L 25?
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Below plate; Lower right
Object view = Fine Art
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