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Object Name Print
Artist Mayer, Ferd. & Sons
Date ca. 1875
Title Hospital - West Bank
Description Lithograph on wove paper. Bird's-eye view of an island with rows of buildings; another small island is visible in distance at right. There is a sailboat in the foreground, and a shoreline in the distance. Printed inscriptions below the illustration at left: "Ferd. Mayer & Sons, Gen'l. Lith., 96 & 98 Fulton St, N.Y." Printed at right: "HOFFMAN ISLAND" (referring to the small island in the distance). Printed in center below illustration: "HOSPITAL - WEST BANK. / Looking West / Staten Island in the distance."
(Keywords: New York)
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History This bird's-eye view shows the new quarantine buildings on Swinburne Island off Staten Island's south shore. "West Bank" refers to part of the floor of the Lower Bay on which the island was built. Swinburne and Hoffman Islands were man-made islands constructed to hospitalize immigrants suspected of having contagious diseases.

See the book "Staten Island Scenery: Paintings, Prints, Drawings and Photographs, 1679-1900" by Barnett Shepherd for more information.
Earliest Date 1872
Latest Date 1877
Material Paper
Subjects Landscape prints
Waterfronts
Islands
Hospitals
Quarantines
Lexicon Sub-category Art
Catalog Number 46.004.0001
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by The Staten Island Foundation, 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.