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Title View from Toad Hill
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Almstaedt, Isaac
Date ca. 1885
Collection Isaac Almstaedt Photograph Collection
Description 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
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Exhibit Label Heading View from Todt Hill
Staten Island
ca. 1885
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.
Earliest Date 1880
Latest Date 1890
Subjects Agriculture
Landscape photographs
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 96.019.0031.B
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.
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.