Pittsburgh No.3

Joseph Pennell, 1908

WAG 1575

About this object

Located at the point where the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers meet, Pittsburgh is known as "the Steel City" or the "City of Bridges". Pennell shows the vast skyscrapers white against the dark smoky sky. The suspension bridge crosses at the river’s junction as a passing steamer blows billowing black smoke.

Using the omission and selection technique introduced by Haden, Pennell has created the impression of vastness by leaving the skyscrapers and rivers untouched. Ink frames the edge of the plate to give the composition a sense of completeness and to differentiate between the lighter areas of the river and sky, and the paper.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Pittsburgh - No.3
  • Artist(s)
    Joseph Pennell (American, born:1857-07-04, died:1926-04-23)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Paper; Etching
  • Measurements
    plate mark: 21.5 cm x 29.5 cm
  • Physical description
    City view from a high viewpoint with skyscrapers (shown in white) in the distance. Two rivers meet at the lower right corner of the composition and bridges are visible in the immediate foreground and up the river on the right.
  • Related people
    Joseph Pennell (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 1575
  • 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 imp
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Below plate; Centre
  • Inscription text: Slightly damaged / Bottom right hand corner
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Mount
Object view = Fine Art
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