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Object Name Print
Artist Bartlett, William Henry
Artist Wallis, Robert
Date 1838
Title New York Bay (From the Telegraph Station)
Description Engraving. Landscape with military structures at left and center, overlooking the Narrows with ships, with the Brooklyn shore on the right. Leafy plants appear in the foreground, and groups of people are on the hill in the middle distance near a tall pole. Inscription printed below illustration: "W.H. Bartlett / R. Wallis / NEW YORK BAY / (From the Telegraph Station.) / London, Published for the Proprietors, by Geo. Virtue, 26, Ivy Lane. 1838."
(Keywords: New York)
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History This view of the Narrows shows the fortifications on Staten Island. The tall pole at left is a signal pole or semaphore, which was used to communicate information about passing ships to the authorities in Manhattan. Fort Tompkins, with its round battlements, is shown on top of the bluff, and Fort Richmond is on the shore below.

William Henry Bartlett (1809-1854), a British landscape artist, created topographical views which were used as sources for prints that appeared in travel views throughout the 19th century.

Robert Wallis (1794-1878), the engraver of this image, is particularly known for his illustrations of British scenes.

See the book "Staten Island Scenery: Paintings, Prints, Drawings and Photographs, 1679-1900" by Barnett Shepherd for more information.

This print was acquired from the collection of Elliott Burgher (1897-1978) of Staten Island.
Earliest Date 1838
Latest Date 1838
Maker Virtue, George
Material Paper
Subjects Landscape prints
Forts & fortifications
Lexicon Sub-category Art
Catalog Number 61.003.0008
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.