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Hot Corn Seller

Artist:
William P. Chappel (American, 1801–1878)
Date:
1870s
Medium:
Oil on slate paper
Dimensions:
6 1/8 x 9 3/16 in. (15.6 x 23.3 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
The Edward W. C. Arnold Collection of New York Prints, Maps, and Pictures, Bequest of Edward W. C. Arnold, 1954
Accession Number:
54.90.497
Not on view
On summer afternoons and evenings, the cries of the iconic hot-corn girls rang through the streets: "Hot corn, hot corn! Here’s your lily-white corn! All you that’s got money, poor me that’s got none, come buy my lily-white corn and let me go home." This woman and her customer are standing in what would have been the busy intersection of Chatham, Doyers, Bowery, and Catherine Streets, in present-day Chinatown. One of the stage coaches that transported riders to and from Westchester, New York, stopped near here. Chappel pictures it approaching the local watch house at far right, where lawbreakers could be temporarily detained.
Inscription: [on the back]: No 10 Intersection of Bowery Doyer Chatham & Catherine Sts / Showing the Old Watch House & the Wench Selling / Hot Corn at the corner of Doyer St / also the Stage Waggon by Geo Hall from / Tarrytown North Castle By way of Kings bri[d]ge / N York 1810 W P Chappel
Edward W. C. Arnold, New York, until died 1954
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