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Where Broadway Begins

Object Name: Cityscape
Date: 1923
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm) Framed: 23 1/2 × 27 1/2 in. (59.7 × 69.9 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Howard Thain
Object Number: 1970.41
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Looking north from Battery Park, this view of downtown Manhattan features, in the distance, the towering canyon of Broadway where it begins its long northern path. To the right stands the United States Customs House while the elevated railway between South Ferry and Battery Place traverses the foreground. Thain, who came to New York in 1919, drew much inspiration from the city's soaring architecture and unbridled modernity, resulting in an extensive series of cityscapes.


"Manhattan Contrasts: 20th Century Paintings of New York from the Permanent Collection," New-York Historical Society, June 27-August 14, 2000.