Oil on canvas, 8 3/4" by 12" (14 1/2" by 17 3/4" as framed), unsigned but bearing notation on the reverse "Brady Aug. 26 1917 Highbridge N.Y.", the scene an old stone arched bridge over a river, a tall and distinctive tower visible in the center distance. This is a beautifully painted little work, though the identity of the artist remains elusive as I do not see an obvious artist name that would correspond. He/she was skilled, the impressionist technique subtle and beautiful. The scene IS identifiable, however: this is the so-called High Bridge, originally an aqueduct, part of the system bringing water of the Croton River from northern Westchester County in to Manhattan from the Bronx, over the Harlem River. The bridge was originally built in 1848 when cistern and well system was already proving inadequate and unable to meet the growing city's water needs. The stone arches were replaced in 1927 by a large modern steel structure, though a number of the stone arches on either side of the river itself remain today. So therefore this 1917 view is historical. The canvas is taped at top to the mat. If it was at some point on a stretcher, there is today no evidence of that, as a tacking edge is not present. Condition is excellent. An interesting work for the fan of early New York City views in oil.
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