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Title [Interior with fireplace]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date ca. 1889
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original B&W print. Interior view of a room with wood paneling, a wood ceiling, and a brick fireplace. Above the fireplace is a painting of figures in Dutch clothing bowling in a landscape. There are inscriptions on fireplace: at left, "FIRE / ye / [the rest is illegible]; and at right: "PRAISE ye / The / Lord." The room is furnished with tables and chairs, suggesting a bar or restaurant.
Print size 3.625 x 4.625
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History This photograph has no identifying inscription, but it might be the interior of the Rip Van Winkle Boarding House, which was located just north of the town of Palenville, in New York's Catskill Mountains. Another Austen photo (50.015.6884), taken in 1889, shows the exterior of the building. It was located in what was said to be the site where Rip Van Winkle took his legendary nap. Travelers used it as a stop-over on their way to the Catskill Mountain House.

The painting of Dutch figures bowling seems to relate to the tale of Rip Van Winkle, who is said to have seen the ghosts of Henry Hudson's men playing nine pins.
Earliest Date 1888
Latest Date 1892
Subjects Interiors
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 50.015.1308
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, June 2013.
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