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St. Paul's Chapel with Woolworth Building

Object Name: Cityscape
Date: 1940
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 36 x 30 1/8 x 7/8 in. ( 91.4 x 76.5 x 2.2 cm )
Description: Cityscape including St. Paul's Chapel and the Woolworth building; replica of the Washington monument, flagpole with American flag, and several graves and tombstones are located at the side of the chapel; a small building with a billboard for "Newsweek" newspaper stands between the chapel and the Woolworth building; pedestrians stand and walk in the foreground; there is a subway station to the left; cars in the foreground and background and clouds in the sky.
Credit Line: Gift of the Federal Works Agency, Work Projects Administration
Object Number: 1940.972
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Marks: signed and dated: lower left: "Saul Berman, 1940"

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This painting was executed under the Works Project Administration, a government organization that provided employment for artists during the Depression. St. Paul's Chapel was the only intact pre-Revolutionary public building in New York at the time of this painting. It is silhouetted dramatically against several 20th century buildings, among them the Woolworth building (1913).


N-YHS, "Manhattan Contrasts: The Changing Image of the City", April 1990-September 1990;