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Burning of the Bowery Theatre, New York City

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Watercolor, black ink, gouache, and graphite on paper, mounted on card
Overall: 5 1/2 x 4 1/16 in. ( 14 x 10.3 cm ) mat: 14 x 11 in. ( 35.6 x 27.9 cm )
inscriptions: Inscribed at bottom with long inscription
Verso inscribed in graphite (repeated in black ink on mount): "Burning of the Bowery Theatre, / (now the Thalia) April 25, 1845 -- a little / after 6 P.M. from a drawing made on the / spot. The performance was to have been / for the benefit of the E.L. Davenport -- / It was the fourth time of being / burnt -- first in 1828 -- then in 1836 / -- then 1837-8. / When the heavy pediment of / wood fell many were between the / columns, but all escaped"
Credit Line: 
James B. Wilbur Fund
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group