William James Bennett (American, London 1787–1844 New York)
Formerly attributed to William Guy Wall (Irish, Dublin 1792–after 1864 Ireland (active America))
Watercolor and graphite on off-white wove paper
15 3/16 x 20 1/16 in. (38.6 x 51 cm)
The Edward W. C. Arnold Collection of New York Prints, Maps, and Pictures, Bequest of Edward W. C. Arnold, 1954
Not on view
Acquired as a view of the upper Hudson River by William Guy Wall, this watercolor was later discovered to have been the model for an Asher B. Durand engraving that bears an inscription clearly identifying Bennett as the author of the image. The records of the National Academy of Design verify that Bennett exhibited a work with the title “Weehawken from Turtle Grove,” “painted for an engraving by Durand,” in 1831. The bluffs of Weehawken in 1830 were still sufficiently undeveloped to be regarded as the edge of the wildernesses of the upper Hudson and New England, which were also represented in the gift book that included the engraving of this watercolor. Today, the nearest of the same bluffs supports the access ramp of the Lincoln Tunnel.