From Cortland Street Ferry, New York

Joseph Pennell, 1908

WAG 1571

About this object

Inspired by Whistler’s atmospheric style, Pennell became more experimental and explored a variety of printmaking techniques. In 1919 he published his observations in a book, ‘Etchers and Etching’, describing the key components of etching with technical explanations.

This print and The Cliffs of West Street nearby are sandpaper aquatints, a technique similar to etching which creates a tonal effect rather than lines.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Courtland Street Ferry, New York
  • Artist(s)
    Joseph Pennell (American, born:1857-07-04, died:1926-04-23)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Paper; Aquatint
  • Measurements
    plate mark: 33 cm x 25.2 cm
  • Physical description
    Tonal atmospheric view of skyscrapers, with water in the foreground and low fog clouds around the buildings..
  • Related people
    Joseph Pennell (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 1571
  • 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: J Pennell del imp
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Below plate; Centre
Object view = Fine Art
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