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Object Name Painting
Artist Sargent, Edward Alfred
Date 1896 ca.
Title Design for Cottage at Clifton S.I. for the Misses Ripley
Description Watercolor painting on paper, mounted on cardboard. Front view of a large house with trees in the background and two figures in the foreground. Handwritten inscription in pencil at the top and bottom: "Design for Cottage at Clifton S. I. / for the Misses Ripley / Sketch from S. E. corner / E.A. Sargent / Architect / 18 Broadway". Painting is 10.625 inches high x 12.875 inches wide.
(Keywords: New York)
Acquisition Gift of Marjorie Johnson
Ownership and History The house seen in this sketch was constructed in 1896 on the waterfront in Clifton, Staten Island. The architect, Edward Alfred Sargent (1842-1914), designed hundreds of Staten Island residences, many of which still survive in the St. George historic district. Sargent also designed numerous public and commercial buildings, including four public schools.

The "Misses Ripley" referenced in the inscription were most likely sisters Susan and Anna T. Ripley. Susan (ca. 1862-1940) was a friend of photographer Alice Austen, and appears in several Austen photographs.
Earliest Date 1896
Latest Date 1896
Subjects Paintings
Architectural drawings
Lexicon Sub-category Art
Associated People Ripley, Susan S.
Sargent, Edward Alfred
Catalog Number 67.006.0027
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, November 2015.
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