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Object Name Print
Artist Ahrens, Hermann
Date ca. 1855
Title Staaten-Island bei New York
Description Hand-colored engraving. Landscape and water view, with buildings along the waterfront, a large building with columns at right, another building in the distance at right (with a flag flying from the chimney), and a circular drive in the foreground. There are several sailing ships in the water. Printed inscriptions below illustration: "Ahrens sc. / STAATEN-ISLAND / bei New York. / Aus d. Kunstanst.d. Bibl. Inst. in Hildbh. / Eigenthum d. Verleger"; printed above image (at upper right): "DCCV".
(Keywords: Staaten Island, New York)
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History This print is based on a drawing by Augustus Kollner ca. 1849. The area pictured is Fort Hill, Staten Island, which was then considered part of New Brighton and is now considered part of St. George. The house featured on the right is the home of John Westervelt, who was chief physician of the Quarantine. On the left in the distance is the St. Nicholas Hospital at the Quarantine. In the far right distance, with flag flying, is the Pavilion Hotel. All have since been demolished.

This print appeared in the book "United States Illustrated" by Charles A. Dana, 1855. There are other works which are prints of the same scene, but with different inscriptions below.

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

Earliest Date 1850
Latest Date 1860
Subjects Waterfronts
Landscape prints
Lexicon Sub-category Art
Associated People Westervelt, Dr. John S.
Catalog Number 95.038.0001
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, December 2013.
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