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A Portrait of the City

September 01, 2008
September 01, 2010

A group of 22 paintings and two small sculptures will offer visitors a chronological journey through highlights of the New-York Historical Society's rich collection of New York views, including historical images of the metropolis and richly allusive images of its inhabitants and their lives. The installation will include a selection of city views, beginning and ending with two monumental cityscapes, Guy’s "Tontine Coffee House" of ca. 1797 and Jacquette’s "From World Trade Center," 1998. It will feature portraits of political and cultural figures such as DeWitt Clinton, who oversaw the development of the Erie Canal, and Peter Williams, the former slave who became a successful merchant and a founding trustee of the Zion Church for Negroes. It will also illuminate the everyday lives of New Yorkers through such works as Burr’s "The Intelligence Office," 1849 and Thain’s "Italian Block Party," 1922.

Creative: Tronvig Group