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Image of Lower New York

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

Lower New York

about 1915

Object Type: Print
Creation Place: North America, American, Alabama
6 7/8 in. x 4 7/8 in. (17.46 cm x 12.38 cm)
Medium and Support: Etching and drypoint on paper
Accession Number: 1982.0016.0143

Credit Line: Gift of Adelyn D. Breeskin

The changing skyline of Lower Manhattan in the twentieth century was a popular subject for artists. As “progress” encroached on these historic neighborhoods, architectural tastes shifted from the traditional to the modern and the city’s growing population necessitated the demolition of buildings that had existed for decades. In this print, Goldthwaite captures one of the many buildings that fell victim to changing tastes and expanding boundaries. In Lower New York, Goldthwaite focuses on the juxtaposition between the tallest building in the world at the time, the Woolworth Building, and the French-influenced Post Office building, which was located at the tip of City Hall Park in Lower Manhattan. The Post Office was razed in 1938.
SM 4/20/09

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