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Object Name Print
Artist Cameron, John
Artist Van Vranken
Date 1853
Title View of Mount Hermon
Description Broadside, printed on off-white paper. Printed image at top with view of the southwest tip of Staten Island and ships in the waters of the Arthur Kill. The artist is identified in the image at lower left as "J. Cameron" and the engraver as "Van Vranken, Sc NY". Caption beneath image reads, "VIEW OF MOUNT HERMON. " Below is an article by Harmon Kingsbury describing a proposed religious retreat center on the location known as Biddle Grove; dated at bottom August 15, 1853.
(Keywords: New York)
Acquisition Gift of Mrs. Emil Sevenhaar
Ownership and History The image on the upper portion of this printed broadside depicts a view from Perth Amboy, New Jersey, across the Arthur Kill, toward the Staten Island shoreline at Tottenville, near the end of Amboy Road.

The accompanying text, a message from Harmon Kingsbury, offers a lofty vision for a proposed religious center with a hotel, homes, chapel, and preparatory school. Its name, Mount Hermon, is a reference to a biblical landmark. Harmon Kingsbury was an author and activist who lived on Staten Island from about 1852 until his death around 1865. His works reflected his views on religion, abolition, and education. The Staten Island complex, which was to have embodied Kingsbury's ideals, was never realized.

For more information, see books by Barnett Shepherd, "Staten Island Scenery: Paintings, Prints, Drawings and Photographs, 1679-1900" (figure 58) and "Tottenville: The Town the Oyster Built" (pages 248-250).
Earliest Date 1853
Latest Date 1853
Material Paper
Subjects Religious facilities
Lexicon Sub-category Art
Associated People Kingsbury, Harmon
Catalog Number P02.0017
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, October 2016.
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.