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Object Name Drawing
Artist Kost, Frederick W.
Date July 7, 1881
Title New Dorp, S.I.
Description Pencil drawing on light greenish-brown paper, with highlights colored white. The scene is identified at lower right as "New Dorp, S.I. / July 7th 81." and is signed at lower left: "F.W. Kost". The scene which fills the upper portion of the paper depicts a row of rustic farm buildings behind a long fence. Tall grasses and scrubby vegetation in the foreground may suggest the setting was a waterfront farm. Drawings of ducks appear across the lower portion of the page. A notation by the artist, just above the signature, describes the coloration, indicating that this was intended as a study for a painting. A second drawing (catalog number 42.007.0001.A) appears on the other side of the paper. The paper measures 8.625 inches high x 12 inches wide.
(Keywords: New York)
Acquisition Gift of Edward Love
Ownership and History Located in southeastern Staten Island, New Dorp was not far from the artist's childhood home at Richmond, where his father was proprietor of the Richmond County Hall. In early years, New Dorp was known for agriculture, including a large farm operated by the Vanderbilt family and the Guyon-Lake-Tysen farm (now represented by its farmhouse at Historic Richmond Town). The neighborhood began to see change after 1860 with the establishment of a railroad station at New Dorp Lane. See the book ”Staten Island Scenery: Paintings, Prints, Drawings and Photographs, 1679-1900” by Barnett Shepherd (page 171) for more information.
Earliest Date 1881
Latest Date 1881
Subjects Landscape drawings
Farms
Lexicon Sub-category Art
Catalog Number 42.007.0001.B
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by The Staten Island Foundation, January 2014.
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