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A View of Albany

1830-1850
Origin: America
Primary support: 10 x 14 1/4in. (25.4 x 36.2cm) and Framed: 12 3/8 x 16 3/8in.
Watercolor, pencil, and ink on rag and woodpulp cardstock
Gift of the John D. Rockefeller, 3rd, Fund, Inc., through the generosity and interest of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, 3rd, and members of the family
Acc. No. 1979.302.1
A watercolor landscape view, multiple, crowded buildings being shown in the far left distance. A bank and waterway fill the foreground.
The 1 1/2-inch, mahogany-veneered splayed frame is possibly original.
Label:Prints of American cities were widely circulated in the second quarter of the nineteenth century, and amateur artists copied them in a variety of media. A view of Albany painted by William Guy Wall (1792-after 1864), which shows the city situated high on the west bank of the Hudson River above Van Rensselaer's Island, was copied by numerous engravers and widely published. Presumably, some printed version of Wall's view served as the model for acc. no. 1979.302.1 [note 1].
No clues to the identity of E. B. Walker have been discovered. The artist omitted some elements included in the printed source but retained a detailed treatment of plants in the foreground and a stippled appearance inthe foliage elsewhere. Walker used an inked stamp to sign this watercolor but signed in pencil a second watercolor scene acquired by Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (acc. no. 1979.302.5).
Provenance:Found in Waldoboro, Maine, by Edith Gregor Halpert, Downtown Gallery, New York, NY, and acquired from Halpert by Abby Aldrich Rockefeller in October 1931, for use in Bassett Hall, the Williamsburg home of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Given to C.W.F. in 1979.
Mark(s):Stamped in block letters and purple (or faded black) ink at lower right below the image is: "E. B. WALKER." The primary support bears a fragment of an embossed stamp at the edge of the upper right corner that appears to read "[illeg]TOL/[illeg.]RD," perhaps for "Bristol Board," referring to paper card stock.
Inscription(s):A title in pencil at the center of the lower margin reads: "A View of Albany." Also see "Marks."