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United States Branch Bank, Wall Street

Artist:
Charles W. Burton (American, born England 1807, active New York 1840–49)
Date:
1831
Medium:
Watercolor and graphite on off-white wove paper
Dimensions:
2 11/16 x 3 1/2 in. (6.8 x 8.9 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Robert G. Goelet Gift, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.19
Not on view
Thompson was a leading exponent of Greek Revival--style architecture in New York during the first half of the nineteenth century. Here, however, in his earliest known design, the Greek influence is minimal. The two-story, seven-bay façade of the Branch Bank of the United States, its projecting center section capped by a pediment, directly follows in the mid-eighteenth-century English Palladian tradition. Only the Ionic capitals and some of the cornice moldings are of Greek inspiration. The building was located on the north side of Wall Street, between Nassau and William streets, and in the 1850s, it was converted into the United States Assay Office. It was demolished in 1915, but the façade was saved and reconstructed as the front of the Museum’s American Wing in 1924.
Signature: [at lower left]: C. Burton Del

Inscription: [at lower right]: United States Branch Bank, Wall Str. 1831
Hirschl and Adler Galleries, New York, until 1979
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