Museum and Library Closures

The New-York Historical Society will be closed on September 23, and select spaces will be closed September 24. For details, please visit our calendar.

Bridge Near Turkey Blue Ball, New Jersey, Number Seven of a Series of Twelve Depicting the Route of James Hazen Hyde's Four-Horse Coach "Liberty"; verso: sketch of same

Bridge Near Turkey Blue Ball,  New Jersey, Number Seven of a Series of Twelve Depicting the Route of James Hazen Hyde's Four-Horse Coach "Liberty"; verso: sketch of same
Title
Bridge Near Turkey Blue Ball, New Jersey, Number Seven of a Series of Twelve Depicting the Route of James Hazen Hyde's Four-Horse Coach "Liberty"; verso: sketch of same
Date 
1903
Medium 
Watercolor, gouache, and black ink over graphite on board; graphite
Dimensions 
Overall: 17 1/4 x 26 in. ( 43.8 x 66 cm ) mat: 22 x 28 in. ( 55.9 x 71.1 cm )
Description 
One of a series of 12 watercolor scenes depicting the route of Jim Hazen Hyde's four horse coach "Liberty" between New York and its terminus at Lakewood, New Jersey. The coach ran three times a week from the Holland house, at Fifth Avenue and 30th Street, NYC and the Hotel Laurel-In-The-Pines, Lakewood, a distance of 79 miles taking approximately 9 hours and utilizing up to eleven teams of horses.
Credit Line 
Bequest of James Hazen Hyde
Object Number 
1960.34
Marks 
signature: lower left
Inscriptions 
Signed at lower left in brown watercolor: "Max Klepper"; verso inscribed along upper edge in black ink: "No 7 Bridge Near Turkey Blue Ball"
Gallery Label 
This is one of a set of twelve watercolors commissioned by James Hazen Hyde (1876-1959) of Mr. Hyde's four-horse coach "Liberty" that depicts scenes along the road on the 1903 run between New York and Lakewood. The society also owns an original illustration by Edward Penfield (q.v.) for use on the poster advertising this route (1947.90). The distance covered by the coach was seventy-nine miles, and eleven teams of horses were used daily.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group