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View of Newport with Harbor Entrance and Ruined Tower, Rhode Island
Date: ca. 1823
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Medium: Watercolor, brown ink, and graphite on paper
Dimensions: Overall: 9 1/2 x 14 3/4 in. ( 24.1 x 37.5 cm ) mat: 16 x 21 7/8 in. ( 40.6 x 55.6 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, Newport
Description: Landscape
Credit Line: Gift of Isaacher Cozzens
Object Number: X.483
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Marks: Stamped on verso: "[New-York Historical Society Stamp]"
Inscribed: Inscribed and signed along upper edge in brown ink: "View near Newport, Rhode-island. 1 Gibbs-tower or the old wind-mill of Governor Arnold, in ruins. 2. a part / of the town appearing over the brow of the hill. 3. entrance of the harbour. 4. Martello tower on the dumplin[?] rocks / of Couanicut[sic] island. 5. Brinton's[sic] point on the neck bearing fort Adams. 6. Beaver-tail, part of Couanicut. 7. Narra-ganset[sic] country. 8. Mackrel-cove[sic]. 9. Strait of Goat-island with the U. S. milita; inscription at lower right, ink: "8. Perspective at New Port, R.I."

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This watercolor is from the collection of Dr. Samuel Latham Mitchell (1764-1831), a prominent New Yorker and a founding member of The New-York Historical Society. It was recovered from the cellar of the second New York Almshouse of 1797. The perspective of Newport harbor was from the Old Stone Mill in the present Touro Park on Mill Street. The mill's erection--whether by the Norsemen or by the English settlers--was a subject of sporadic controversy.


Collection of Samuel Latham Mitchell, founding member of N-YHS.