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Object Name Drawing
Artist Kost, Frederick W.
Date September 1881
Title Billopp Farm Thrashing Floor
Description Pencil drawing on greenish-brown paper with highlights colored white. The scene is identified at lower right with a handwritten caption in ink: "Billopp Farm / Thrashing Floor / Sept 81". A second drawing (catalog number X93.1953.B) appears on the other side of the paper, which is signed "F. W. Kost" in pencil. The paper measures 8.75 inches hight x 12 inches wide.
(Keywords: New York)
Ownership and History In this drawing, artist Frederick W. Kost contrasted the dim, shaded interior of a barn with the brightly sunlit farmyard outside. The location is the Billopp farm at the southern tip of Staten Island, which was already appreciated as a historic locale in the 1880s and is today known as Conference House Park. The thrashing floor (or threshing floor) was a place where grain was processed to remove the husks so the useful portions could be winnowed out. Large doors were important for ventilation, and the movement of air helped to blow the unwanted chaff away. A board at the bottom of the barn door, called a threshold, kept the grain inside.

This is one of several artworks by Kost to depict Staten Island farms. See the book ”Staten Island Scenery: Paintings, Prints, Drawings and Photographs, 1679-1900” by Barnett Shepherd (page 173) for more information.
Earliest Date 1881
Latest Date 1881
Subjects Landscape drawings
Farms
Barns
Interiors
Lexicon Sub-category Art
Catalog Number X93.1953.A
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by The Staten Island Foundation, January 2014.
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