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Pierre Toussaint (ca. 1781-1853)
Watercolor on ivory
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Overall (unframed): 21 1/2 x 28 in. (54.6 x 71.1 cm)
Overall (framed): 27 1/4 x 34 x 2 in. (69.2 x 86.4 x 5.1 cm)
Vollmering's image of Sing Sing with its low horizon and overcast sky includes the industrial waterfront. The German-born artist, trained in Amsterdam, arrived in New York in 1847 to begin a landscape career in the United States. The view looks north from the hillside above Sing Sing Prison, the cluster of buildings at the river's edge; Croton Point and the Hudson Highlands are visible in the distance. The prison, long a stop on the Hudson's picturesque touring itinerary, had been established in 1824 to provide the nearby marble quarries with convict labor. Residents renamed their community Ossining in 1901.
Purchase, The Watson Fund
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