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New York from the Heights Near Brooklyn [The Wall View from Brooklyn]

Etcher:
John Hill (American (born England), London 1770–1850 Clarksville, New York)
Artist:
After William Guy Wall (Irish, Dublin 1792–after 1864 Ireland (active America))
Date:
1823
Medium:
Hand-colored etching and aquatint
Dimensions:
image: 15 11/16 x 24 3/4 in. (39.9 x 62.8 cm) sheet (trimmed within plate mark): 18 11/16 x 26 9/16 in. (47.5 x 67.5 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:
54.90.1162
Not on view
John Hill's aquatint of 1823 shows how undeveloped the Brooklyn side of the East River, opposite New York City, remained well into the nineteenth century. The view is from point near present-day Court Street and First Place from a hill that was later leveled. The pond in the foreground was used by Cornell's Mill, and the windmill at right belonged to Pierrepont's Gin Distillery. Hill worked in London before moving to Philadelphia in 1816 and to New York in 1822. He produced a series of fine aquatints that document New York's appearance from the water.
Edward W. C. Arnold; Donor: Edward W. C. Arnold
Stokes III.579, pl. 93; Fielding III.615; Koke 1961, 96
Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes The Iconography of Manhattan Island, 1498-1909, compiled from original sources. 5 vols., 1915–1928, vol. III, p. 579, pl. 93.

Mantle Fielding American Engravers upon Copper and Steel: Biographical Sketches and Check Lists of Engravings: A Supplement of David McNeely Stauffer's American Engravers. 1917, vol. III, no. 615.

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. 96, p. 44.



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