Ernest Lawson (American (born Canada), Halifax 1873–1939 Miami, Florida)
Oil on canvas
30 x 40in. (76.2 x 101.6cm)
Framed: 37 1/8 x 47 x 2 1/2 in. (94.3 x 119.4 x 6.4 cm)
Gift of Diana and Arthur Altschul, 1992
Not on view
Even after he moved downtown from Washington Heights, Lawson continued to portray Manhattan’s upper reaches. In this canvas, he depicted the vicinity of Spuyten Duyvil Creek, a tidal strait that linked the Harlem and Hudson Rivers. (The creek was supplanted by a deeper ship canal in 1895 and filled in.) The area still conjured visions of New York’s colonial past, especially the pioneering explorations of Henry Hudson. Lawson revealed modern encroachments on a relatively rural part of the city by including a puffing steamboat, factory buildings, and clusters of small houses.