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Castle Garden, New York City

Object Number: 
1972.13
Date: 
1859
Medium: 
Oil on canvas (relined)
Dimensions: 
Overall: 15 1/8 x 24 1/4 in. ( 38.4 x 61.6 cm ) Framed: 21 × 30 × 2 3/4 in. (53.3 × 76.2 × 7 cm)
Marks: 
Signed and dated lower middle: J F Cropsey / 1859. Inscribed in pencil on wood backing panel: Castle Garden, New York / J. F. Cropsey—London—1859
Gallery Label: 
The composition is identical with Cropsey's earlier study of the same subject painted in 1851 in the Society's collection. The main difference between the two is that the 1859 version is a moonlight scene. This later rendering is quite likely the one sold to the lithographer E. Gambert on July 28, 1859, while Cropsey was in London. The artist was then in the process of producing paintings 15 x 24 inches in size to be lithographed by Gambert.
Bibliography: 
Talbot, William Silas. Jasper F. Cropsey 1823-1900, A dissertation in the Department of Fine Arts submitted to the faculty of the Graduate School of Arts and Science in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy of New York University, June 1972, p. 318. Koke, Richard J., American Landscape and Genre Paintings in the New York Historical Society, Vol. I, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1982, p. 233. Bland, Bartholomew F. and Vookles, Laura L. The Panoramic River: The Hudson and the Thames. Yonkers: Hudson River Museum, 2013.
Credit Line: 
Purchase, Thomas Jefferson Bryan Fund
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group