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Anne Goldthwaite (aka Anne Wilson Goldthwaite)
American, 1869–1944

Washington Square

about 1916

Object Type: Print
Creation Place: North America, American, Alabama
3 7/16 in. x 4 7/16 in. (8.73 cm x 11.27 cm)
Medium and Support: Etching and drypoint on paper
Accession Number: 1982.0016.0160

Credit Line: Gift of Adelyn D. Breeskin

The original Washington Arch, commissioned in 1889 to celebrate the Centennial of George Washington’s inauguration, was a temporary plaster monument. The 1892 version, designed by renowned architect Stanford White, permanently stands in the middle of Washington Square Park. Located in the Greenwich Village area of New York City, this former cemetery-turned-park became an urban oasis during the second half of the 20th century. In this print, Goldthwaite idealizes the serenity of the scene, as cars would normally have been hurrying around the Roman-inspired marble arch.
SM 4/20/09

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