The Bridges, New York

Joseph Pennell, 1908

WAG 1781

About this object

Pennell’s father worked on Walnut Street Wharf in Philadelphia for the Cope Brothers. They ran a packet line between Philadelphia and Liverpool. As a young boy, Pennell accompanied his father to work, his office overlooking the River. Pennell drew the scenery from the window, a view point and subject he favoured throughout his career. The plunging perspective creates a sense of awe and wonder. This technique recollects the great 19th century landscapes painters who refined the sublime view of nature by using perspective and composition to emphasise vastness, mystery and power.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Joseph Pennell (American, born:1857-07-04, died:1926-04-23)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Etching; Paper
  • Measurements
    plate mark: 27.8 cm x 21.3 cm
  • Physical description
    City view from above with bridges crossing the river behind.
  • Related people
    Joseph Pennell (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 1781; Accession Number: WAG 1781
  • 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
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Object view = Fine Art
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