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Title Swan boat, Julia & Grandpa
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date October 16, 1891
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. View of a swan boat on the pond in Central Park, Manhattan. Julia Bredt (seen in profile) is seated on a bench in the front of the boat; John Haggerty Austen is seated on a bench behind her. Julia is wearing a fur stole around her shoulders; John Haggerty Austen wears a coat and hat, and holds a cane. The younger man seated in the rear of the boat is presumably the pilot. An American flag flies from the rear of the boat. The original negative sleeve has the photographer's handwritten inscription: "A&R / 40 / 209 / Swan boat, Julia & Grandpa / Fine day, clear, wind / W.L. / 25 ft / 1.20 P.M / Friday Oct. 16th 1891 / Central Park".
(Keywords: New York City)
Film Size 4 x 5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History Photographer Alice Austen took this photo of her grandfather, John Haggerty Austen, enjoying a swan boat ride with Alice's friend Julia Bredt in New York City's Central Park. Swan boats were used in the Central Park Pond from 1877 to 1924.
Earliest Date 1891
Latest Date 1891
Subjects Lakes & ponds
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Austen, John Haggerty
Bredt, Julia
Catalog Number 50.015.5597
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, February 2016.
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