Tower on Hallett's Point, New York City

Tower on Hallett's Point, New York City
Title
Tower on Hallett's Point, New York City
Date 
1814
Medium 
Watercolor, and graphite on two sheets of paper
Dimensions 
Overall: 22 7/8 x 31 in. ( 58.1 x 78.7 cm )
Description 
Military. Depiction of 6-sided tower with cannon; flying American flag in landscape
Credit Line 
Deposited by the Common Council of the City of New York
Object Number 
1889.20
Inscriptions 
Inscribed below image in brown ink: "Tower on Hallett's Point"; verso inscribed vertically at lower left in brown ink: "17."
Gallery Label 
In 1814, in order to provide protection for the city of New York against a British invasion by way of the Long Island Sound, fortifications were erected at Hallett's Point on the Long Island shore, on Mill Rock in the East River, and a series of entrenchments, blockhouses and barrier gates were constructed across upper Manhattan Island. Construction of the American blockhouse on Mill Rock in the East River at Hell Gate commenced on July 15, 1814. It was later provided with a cannon.
Provenance 
The City of New York
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Creative: Tronvig Group