A Correct View of the Old Methodist Church in John Street, New York, the first erected in America, A.D. 1768
John Hill (American (born England), London 1770–1850 Clarksville, New York)
After Joseph B. Smith (American, New York, 1798–1876)
After Peter C. Smith (American, 19th century)
Sold by Myers & Smith (New York, NY)
image: 13 13/16 x 10 3/16 in. (35.1 x 25.8 cm)
plate: 15 1/16 x 12 1/16 in. (38.3 x 30.6 cm)
sheet: 15 3/16 x 12 5/16 in. (38.5 x 31.2 cm)
The Edward W. C. Arnold Collection of New York Prints, Maps and Pictures, Bequest of Edward W. C. Arnold, 1954
Not on view
This aquatint represents the first Methodist church in the United States, built for a congregation established in 1766, that initially met in a rigging loft at 120 Williams Street. The house seen here at right was already on the site and adapted into a parsonage and library, while the church, opened in 1768, had ballast stone walls plastered a light blue and was known as Wesley's Chapel. The 1823 print was used as a frontispiece for "A Short Historical Account of the Early Society of Methodists, Estabilshed in the CIty of New York in the Year 1768" (1824).
Edward W. C. Arnold; Donor: Edward W. C. Arnold
Stokes I.344-6, pl. 43; Koke 1961, 97
Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes The Iconography of Manhattan Island, 1498-1909, compiled from original sources. 5 vols., 1915–1928, vol. I, pp. 344-6, pl. 43.
I.N. Phelps Stokes, Daniel C. Haskell American Historical Prints, Early Views of American Cities, etc.. 1932, p. 82.
Richard J. Koke "John Hill, Master of Aquatint, 1770–1850." New-York Historical Society Quarterly. vol. 43, no. 1, January 1959, pp. 100-101.
Richard J. Koke A Checklist of the American Engravings of John Hill (1770-1850): Master of Aquatint, Together with a List of Prints Colored by Him and a List of His Extant Original Drawings. New-York Historical Society, 1961, cat. no. 97, pp. 44-47.
E. McSherry Fowble, Winterthur Museum & Country Estate Two Centuries of Prints in America, 1680-1880: A selective catalogue of the Winterthur Museum Collection. The University Press of Virginia, 1987, cat. no. 292.
Artist: John Hill (American (born England), London 1770–1850 Clarksville, New York)Date: ca. 1826–30Medium: Watercolor, pen and black ink, and graphite on off-white wove paperAccession: 54.90.283 rectoOn view in:Not on view
Artist: John Hill (American (born England), London 1770–1850 Clarksville, New York)Date: 1826Medium: Fragment of a black and white watercolor aquatint on off-white wove paperAccession: 54.90.283 versoOn view in:Not on view