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Shadows, Spuyten Duyvil Hill

Artist:
Ernest Lawson (American (born Canada), Halifax 1873–1939 Miami, Florida)
Date:
ca. 1910
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
30 x 40in. (76.2 x 101.6cm) Framed: 37 1/8 x 47 x 2 1/2 in. (94.3 x 119.4 x 6.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Diana and Arthur Altschul, 1992
Accession Number:
1992.234
Not on view
Even after he moved downtown from Washington Heights, Lawson continued to portray Manhattan’s upper reaches. In this canvas, he depicted the vicinity of Spuyten Duyvil Creek, a tidal strait that linked the Harlem and Hudson Rivers. (The creek was supplanted by a deeper ship canal in 1895 and filled in.) The area still conjured visions of New York’s colonial past, especially the pioneering explorations of Henry Hudson. Lawson revealed modern encroachments on a relatively rural part of the city by including a puffing steamboat, factory buildings, and clusters of small houses.
Signature: [at lower left]: E. Lawson
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