Anne Goldthwaite (aka Anne Wilson Goldthwaite)
North America, American, Alabama
10 15/16 in. x 8 7/8 in. (27.78 cm x 22.54 cm)
Medium and Support:
Drypoint on paper
Gift of Adelyn D. Breeskin
The massive Metropolitan Life Insurance Building, which was the tallest building in the world upon its completion in 1909, dwarfs the adjacent Madison Square Park in this Goldthwaite etching. The park, which was one of the city’s oldest public spaces, served as a sanctuary for one of Manhattan’s most elite and active neighborhoods during the 19th century. It provided a place to display America’s first community Christmas Tree and continues to house the Eternal Light Monument, which was designed to commemorate the WWI Armistice. Goldthwaite’s print emphasizes the importance of this small piece of nature in an encroaching urban jungle.