[Birdseye View of Lower Manhattan]
1911 (dated) 19 x 30.5 in (48.26 x 77.47 cm)
A fine chromolithograph bird's--eye view of lower Manhattan, New York City, drawn by watercolorist Richard Rummell and copyrighted in 1911 by the Copr. Detroit Publishing Company. The view presents a dramatic image of New York City's thriving industrial and commercial downtown. Being on the late side for a view, Rummell's representation is special in that it illustrates early phases of New York's skyscraper construction boom. The Woolworth Building and the Singer buildings are among the many early skyscrapers evident here. In addition, an elevated railway is evident entering Battery Park.
In the lower left corner, an enormous four-chimney two-masted passenger steam ship appearing can only be the RMS Titanic or her sister ship, the RMS Olympic. Of course, the Titanic had not yet launched when Rummell drew this view in 1911, but it was a much touted and highly anticipated vessel, so it is hardly surprising that it appears here as a proud icon of New York's internationality.
Richard Rummell (1848 – 1924) was an American artist active in Brooklyn during the late 19th and early 20th century. Rummell is best known for his series of views of American colleges completed around the turn of the century. Since Rummell's views universally appear to be drawn from an altitude of about 300 feet, it has been speculated by many art historians that he worked from a balloon. Rummell was also a bit of a futurist and aming his more interesting works is a series of speculative images of the New York of tomorrow, with vast airships, trains running over the tops of skyscrapers and elegant sky bridges throughout. In the 1950s the original plates for many of Rummell's college views were rediscovered in a Brooklyn warehouse. They were auctioned to Arader galleries, who still sell's reprints of the view today.
Very good. Margins exhibit glue damaged due to early framing. Lower margin damaged and partially replaced.