"View of the City and Harbor of New York Taken from Mount Pitt, The Seat of John R. Livingston, Esqre.": Preparatory Drawing for the Etching
Black ink and wash and graphite on paper, squared for transfer
Overall: 16 3/8 x 25 3/4 in. (41.6 x 65.4 cm)
mat: 22 x 28 in. ( 55.9 x 71.1 cm )
The East River and the western end of Long Island appear at the left and the city of New York is at the right. Grand Street is in the immediate foreground, and the fence in the middle distance runs along the line of Division Street. The road along which the two figures in the foreground are walking is a continuation of Clinton Street.
inscription: lower left: "New Yok prit de Mount-Pitt 1794"
Watermark: crest and lettering; inscribed at lower left in graphite; "New york pris de Mount-Pitt 1794"
Probably descent through the artist's family; unidentified Parisian bookseller; John Anderson, Jr., NYC, 1901
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.