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Object Name Print
Artist Bartlett, William Henry
Artist Freeman, Francis O.
Date ca. 1840-1860
Title Fort Hamilton and the Narrows
Description 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.
Earliest Date 1840
Latest Date 1860
Material Paper
Subjects Landscape prints
Waterfronts
Forts & fortifications
Lexicon Sub-category Art
Catalog Number 41.008.0002
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.