View of the Bay and Harbor of New York, from Gowanus Heights, Brooklyn

William Henry Bartlett British

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This watercolor is related to “View from Gowanus Heights, Brooklyn,” a steel engraving by Henry Adlard for Barlett’s and N.P. willis’s “American Scenery” (1838–40), a two-volume series of prints and commentary that became the classic picturesque album of its time. Emulating the work of J. M. W. Turner, the greatest landscape illustrator of the nineteenth century, Bartlett represented New York Bay from an almost impossibly high point of view, making New York City an incident in a cosmic panorama. The view is linked conceptually to the prospect from a gentleman’s estate, suggested by the white house (actually the Delaplaine Hotel) with chimneys portrayed in the middle distance at left.

View of the Bay and Harbor of New York, from Gowanus Heights, Brooklyn, William Henry Bartlett (British, London 1809–1854 at sea), Watercolor and graphite on white wove paper, American

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