Major Van Rensselaer's House near Albany now known as "Crailo", New York

Object Number: 
1953.221
Date: 
1807
Medium: 
Watercolor and brown ink over graphite with touches of white gouache on paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 3/8 x 6 1/8 in. ( 18.7 x 15.6 cm ) mat: 14 x 11 in. ( 35.6 x 27.9 cm )
Marks: 
inscription: lower, ink: "view of major rensselaer's house near Albany, 1807"
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower center below image in brown ink: "view of major rensselaer's house near albany. 1807."
Description: 
Architecture/landscape
Gallery Label: 
This is the earliest known view of the building known as "Fort Crailo" on the east bank of the Hudson River at Rensselaer opposite Albany. It was here that the verses of "Yankee Doodle" were composed in 1758 during the French and Indian War. At the time of the baroness's visit it was the home of Major John Jeremias Van Rensselaer. Still standing on Riverside Avenue, it is now a historic site owned by the state of New York and open as a museum.
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Provenance: 
De Neuville family, France; E. De Vries, Paris, 1928; Columbia University Press Book Store, NYC, 1929; Old Print Shop, NYC, 1953
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group