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

Etcher John Hill American, born England
After William Guy Wall Irish
Publisher Bourne Depository of Arts American

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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.

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