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Castle Garden, New York
Date: 1859
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 15 1/8 x 24 1/4 in. ( 38.4 x 61.6 cm ) Framed: 21 × 30 × 2 3/4 in. (53.3 × 76.2 × 7 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, Thomas Jefferson Bryan Fund
Object Number: 1972.13
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Inscribed: Inscribed in pencil on wood backing panel: "Castle Garden, New York / J. F. Cropsey—London—1859"

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The composition is identical with Cropsey's earlier study of the same subject painted in 1851 in the Society's collection. The main difference between the two is that the 1859 version is a moonlight scene. This later rendering is quite likely the one sold to the lithographer E. Gambert on July 28, 1859, while Cropsey was in London. The artist was then in the process of producing paintings 15 x 24 inches in size to be lithographed by Gambert.

Bibliography:

Bland, Bartholomew F. and Laura L. Vookles. The Panoramic River: The Hudson and the Thames. Yonkers: Hudson River Museum, 2013.

Exhibitions:

"New York: The State of Art," New York State Museum, Albany, NY, October 8–November 27, 1977.

"In Focus: Portraits and Small Paintings from the Society's Collection," The New-York Historical Society, January 9, 2001–March 24, 2002.

"From Colony to Nation: 200 Years of American Painting at the New-York Historical Society," New-York Historical Society, June 7–September 8, 2013.

"The Coast and the Sea," Portland Museum of Art, ME, January 1, 2015–April 26, 2015; Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT, May 10, 2015–September 13, 2015; New York State Museum, Albany, NY, October 24, 2015–February 22, 2016.