Collect Pond, New York City

Attributed to Archibald Robertson American, Scottish
Formerly attributed to Alexander Robertson American

Not on view

The natural pool Collect Pond was formerly located in lower Manhattan near present-day Foley Square. Robertson’s watercolor of the site exemplifies the formulaic method of drawing taught at the Columbian Academy of Painting in New York City, founded by the artist and his brother Alexander. Both the hill at left and the willow tree at right are rendered in highly stylized fashion, with broad contours and schematic curving lines. Spatial depth was achieved with swaths of dark wash in the foreground setting of the lighter forms in the distance. Indeed, the whole picture observes a kind of artistic etiquette embodied in the polite company of figures in the foreground.

Collect Pond, New York City, Attributed to Archibald Robertson (American, Moneymusk, Scotland 1765–1835 New York), Watercolor and black chalk on off-white laid paper, American

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