Etching, 6 1/2" by 8 3/4" (12 1/2" by 15" in modern frame), pencil signed by the artist at lower right, titled at lower left "Sunset--Gowanus Bay", the subject a ship in dry dock, other shipping visible in the distance beyond the muddy shore. Farrer (1844-1903) was a talented artist who is best known for his watercolors and etchings. The London-born younger brother of Thomas Charles Farrer, he created landscapes, marines, New York City area views, coastals and drawings of animals. A member of the American Watercolor Society, he exhibited at the Boston Art Club, National Academy, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Brooklyn Art Association. This etching was published in 1889 in "American Art". Note the original printed description of the etching, preserved on the reverse: "In the selection of his subject, Mr. Farrer has adhered to the theme that seems most dear to his heart, --scenes in New York harbor or its vicinity. The poetical sentiment for which he is noted is well expressed in this plate, and in striving for breadth of treatment he has lost nothing of his delicacy nor impaired the subtlety of his effects." The work appears to be in excellent condition though I have not examined it out of the frame. .
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