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Allegory of New Amsterdam or New York in America: Study for the Engraving "N: Amsterdam, ou N: Iork in Ameriq--:"

Object Number: 
1949.45
Date: 
c. 1700
Medium: 
Brown and black ink and wash with red chalk, white lead pigment, black chalk, and tracing impressions from a stylus on ivory paper, inlaid into a larger sheet
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 1/4 x 9 3/8 in. ( 18.4 x 23.8 cm ) mat: 14 x 18 in. ( 35.6 x 45.7 cm )
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower center outside image in brown ink: "N. AMSTERDAM ou N. IORK / in Ameriq—."
Gallery Label: 
This original drawing in reverse, apparently executed by "Pieter Mortier," was probably drawn ca. 1700 for the copperplate engraving of New York as it appeared in 1673. It was published in Amsterdam by P. Mortier, whose signature on the engraving appears as "P. Mortier, cum Privil." A copy is in the Society's Print Room. The prototype of the Mortier view is the so-called Restitutio View of New Amsterdam, which was drawn to celebrate the recapture of the city by the Dutch in August 1673.
Bibliography: 
Krohn, Deborah, Peter Miller, and Marybeth De Filippis, eds., "Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margrieta van Varick." New York: Bard Graduate Center, New-York Historical Society, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009, p. 189-92
Credit Line: 
Gift of Lucius Wilmerding
Provenance: 
Ogden Goelet, New York; Lucius Wilmerding, New York, 1949
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group