Jun 23, 2022 - Sale 2610

Sale 2610 - Lot 383

Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
(NEW YORK CITY.) J.W.C. Williams. New York Harbour from Staten Island / Baie de New-York Prise de Staten Island. Graphite, watercolor, and gouache on wove paper. 8 3/4x17 1/2 inches, tipped to a slightly larger sheet with ink title and toponyms captioned in pencil; signed "J.W.C. Williams, del" at lower left; scattered staining and age tone. [New York, 1850s]

Additional Details

Finely drawn panorama of various 19th-century vessels in New York Bay and the Narrows by American artist J.W.C. Williams. Southern Brooklyn encroaches from the left of the channel, highlighted by Fort Hamilton and a prominent offshore garrison labeled Fort Diamond (i.e., Fort Lafayette, demolished in 1960 to build the Verrazano Narrows Bridge); the eastern point of Staten Island, scattered with waterfront homes and industry, appears on the right with the telegraph rod at Fort Wadsworth seen and captioned.

A lithograph of the drawing's likeness, similarly titled and captioned, was published by Louis Auguste Turgis in 1856.