|Artist||Bartlett, William Henry|
|Artist||Freeman, Francis O.|
|Title||Fort Hamilton and the Narrows|
Engraving. Landscape and seascape view. Several men and one woman are on a bluff at the water's edge; three of the men wear uniforms, and one is on horseback. At far right is Fort Hamilton (Brooklyn) with a fence and cannons; an American flag flies on a flagpole. Fort Lafayette is on an island in the Narrows; several sailing ships and a steamboat are in the water. In the foreground at left, a man sits on the ground, leaning against a tree. There is a tree in bloom in the center of the image. Inscription printed below illustration: "W. H. Bartlett. / F. O. Freeman. / Fort Hamilton and the Narrows." Handwritten inscription in pencil below printed inscription: "From Fort Hamilton". Handwritten inscription in pen on reverse: "Presented by Wm. T. Davis / To the S.I. Historical Soc. Nov. 8, 1934".
(Keywords: New York)
|Acquisition||Gift of Oscar T. Barck|
|Ownership and History||
This print shows Fort Hamilton (Brooklyn) in the foreground, Fort Lafayette on a small island just offshore, and portions of Staten Island are in the distance. Staten Island's Fort Tompkins and the towns of Stapleton and Tompkinsville appear, though not in great detail.
It was based on an artwork by William H. Bartlett. It was engraved by Francis O. Freeman who was active in Boston from 1853 Similar prints by other engravers show shepherds and sheep rather than the soldiers in this view, and do not include the steamboat which appears just in front of the island fort.
See the book "Staten Island Scenery: Paintings, Prints, Drawings and Photographs, 1679-1900" by Barnett Shepherd for more information.
Forts & fortifications
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