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Object Name Print
Artist Wallis, Robert
Artist Bartlett, William Henry
Date 1838
Title The Narrows (From Fort Hamilton)
Description Engraving. Landscape and seascape view. Several men and one woman are on a bluff at the water's edge; one man is on horseback, and one man has a herd of sheep. At far right is Fort Hamilton (Brooklyn) with a fence and cannons; an American flag flies on a flagpole (apparently at half-mast). Fort Lafayette is on an island in the Narrows; there are several sailing ships 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. / R. Wallis. / THE NARROWS. / (From Fort Hamilton.) / London, Published for the Proprietors, by Geo. Virtue, 26, Ivy Lane. 1838."
(Keywords: New York)
Acquisition Museum Purchase
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 in the distance. Staten Island's Fort Tompkins and the towns of Stapleton and Tompkinsville appear, though not in great detail.

Robert Wallis (1794-1878), the engraver of this image, is particularly known for his illustrations of British scenes. It was based on an artwork by William H. Bartlett (1809-1854), a British landscape artist. It was included in the serial "American Scenery," published by George Virtue in London, in 1840.

See the book ”Staten Island Scenery: Paintings, Prints, Drawings and Photographs, 1679-1900” by Barnett Shepherd for more information (figure 27).
Earliest Date 1838
Latest Date 1838
Maker Virtue, George
Material Paper
Subjects Landscape prints
Forts & fortifications
Lexicon Sub-category Art
Catalog Number 61.003.0010
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, March 2016.
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.