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A Correct View of the Old Methodist Church in John Street, New York

Etcher:
John Hill (American (born England), London 1770–1850 Clarksville, New York)
Artist:
After Joseph B. Smith (American, New York, 1798–1876)
Artist:
After Peter C. Smith (American, 19th century)
Publisher:
Myers & Smith (New York, NY)
Date:
1823–24
Medium:
Hand-colored aquatint
Dimensions:
image: 10 3/16 x 13 3/4 in. (25.8 x 35 cm) sheet: 12 7/16 x 15 5/16 in. (31.6 x 38.9 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Edward W. C. Arnold Collection of New York Prints, Maps and Pictures, Bequest of Edward W. C. Arnold, 1954
Accession Number:
54.90.1126
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, cat. no. 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.



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