New York from Governor's Island, NYC

Object Number: 
1938.427
Date: 
1904
Medium: 
Oil on linen
Dimensions: 
Overall: 20 x 30 in. ( 50.8 x 76.2 cm )
Marks: 
signed and dated: in lower left corner: "Carlton T. Chapman, A.N.A/ New York 1904" inscribed: on reverse: "New York from Governors/ Island in 1904" inscribed: paper dealer's label: "From Wm. H. Powell/Gold Frames/Regilding and Artistic Framing/983 6th A
Description: 
This painting, showing a view of Manhattan from Govenor's Island on a partly cloudy day, depicts a dark red-hulled freighter being led into port by a red tugboat. The white decked ship, complete with black and white-banded smoke stacks is shown pulling into the harbor on the starboard side. Sailing along the dull blue/brown water, reflecting the bleak and dark sky, are at least two more ships-one red and one black-located to the right of the main freighter. Smoke rising from the clutter of buildings along the shore can be seen in the background; also, a myriad of white dots seem to speckle the canvas. Signed lower left: Carlton T. Chapman A.N.A/ 1904
Gallery Label: 
Following a theme of Chapman's artwork, this painting affirms the importance of the freighters and ships in New York commerce. As portrayed in the scene, maritime crafts served as dependable vessels of trade and were an intricate element in the New York workday. They provided an expedient means for both business and recreational affairs and are still influential in product and passenger transportation.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Carlton T. Chapman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group