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Object Name Print
Artist Chapman, John Gadsby
Artist Rolph, John A.
Date 1837
Title New Brighton; from New York Bay
Description Engraving. Landscape and seascape view. The waters of the Kill van Kull are in the foreground with sailboats, a rowboat, and a steamboat. On the left is the shore of New Brighton, Staten Island, with a row of Greek Revival style buildings facing the water and other structures appearing on the hills just inland. Inscription printed below illustration: "Steel Plate / Engd. by Rolph / NEW BRIGHTON; / from New York Bay / Engraved & Published for the New Brighton Mirror." Print is in a mat.
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History This print was engraved by John A. Rolph after an artwork by John Gadsby Chapman. It was published for the first issue (July 1837) of the Richmond County Mirror newspaper.

New Brighton was among New York's first planned suburban communities, established in 1835, with steamboat service providing transportation to Manhattan. In this view, the Pavilion Hotel appears toward the center of the image, with palatial houses at either side. Toward the right can be seen the earliest building of the Sailors' Snug Harbor complex, built in 1833. The Gilbert Livingston Thompson House, built in 1817, stands on top of the hill on the far left.

See the book "Staten Island Scenery: Paintings, Prints, Drawings and Photographs, 1679-1900" by Barnett Shepherd for more information.
Earliest Date 1837
Latest Date 1837
Subjects Landscape prints
Seascapes
Boats
Lexicon Sub-category Art
Catalog Number 47.005.0001
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, December 2013.
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.