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Title [Austen House]
Object Name Stereoview
Photographer Hoyer, H.
Date ca. 1859
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print on yellow cardboard mount; half of a stereoview. Diagonal front view of the Austen family home (known as "Clear Comfort") in Rosebank, Staten Island, seen from across the lawn. Vines grow along the porch, the columns, and the dormers. Printed inscription along left edge of mount: "American Views." Handwritten inscription in pencil on reverse: "The old Austen House / Clifton, Staten Is / H. Hoyer, 1859". Stamped inscription on reverse: "WM. T. DAVIS / 146 STUYVESANT PLACE / STATEN IS., N.Y."
(Keywords: Clifton, New York)
Print size 3.125 x 2.875
Acquisition Gift of William T. Davis
Ownership and History The house seen in this stereoview still stands today and is open to the public as the Alice Austen House, which presents the life and work of noted amateur photographer Alice Austen (1866-1952).

This stereoview was donated to the Staten Island Historical Society in 1936 by William T. Davis, who served as the Society's first president from 1922 to 1936. Before donating his collection of H. Hoyer stereoviews, he cut them in half so that he could donate one part to the Historical Society and the other part to the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences (now Staten Island Museum).
Earliest Date 1858
Latest Date 1860
Subjects Stereographs
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Austen, E. Alice
Catalog Number 36.016.0003
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, October 2015.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.