|Title||View from Toad Hill|
|Object Name||Print, Photographic|
|Collection||Isaac Almstaedt Photograph Collection|
Original B&W photo on gray cardboard mount. View from an elevated vantage point, looking out over open fields that are divided by fences. A few buildings are visible; in the foreground are several buildings (possibly a house and two barns) and a hay rack. Handwritten inscription in pen below the photo (probably the photographer's handwriting): "No 225 / View from Toad Hill." The mount has tape binding along one edge, suggesting it may have been part of an album.
(Keywords: Todt Hill, New York)
|Print size||4 x 6.750|
|Exhibit Label Heading||
View from Todt Hill
|Exhibit Label Text||Almstaedt's rural vistas of central and southern Staten Island contrast with his images of the busier and more industrial north shore. Yet while there are few structures in this view, the man-made fences and farm plots suggest a landscape that has been shaped by people.|
|Exhibit Label Text||The view depicted here is from Todt Hill across Dongan Hills to New York Bay. Staten Island's geography may have influenced the development of Almstaedt's work; its natural hills and shorelines seem to have inspired a particular appreciation for broad vistas. As one of the more artistic early photographers, Almstaedt was a pioneer in forming a new way of seeing "picturesque" Staten Island.|
|Lexicon Sub-category||Documentary Artifact|
|Support Acknowledgment||Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.|
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