1906 Richard Rummell View of Princeton University, New Jersey

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1906 Richard Rummell View of Princeton University, New Jersey


Rare, Delicately Colored Panoramic View of Princeton Univeristy by artist Richard Rummell.


Princeton University.
  1906 (undated)     8 x 14 in (20.32 x 35.56 cm)


A rare c. 1906/7 photogravure small-format editon of Richard Rummell's bird's-eye view of Yale University. The view is oriented to the east with Richardson Auditorium prominent at center. To the right, the iconic fortress-like Blair Hall clock tower is visble. At the far right is the old Halstead Observatory, site of today's Joline Hall. Nassau streets runs at a diagonal through the foreground.
Publication History and Census
Rummell (1848-1924) was an American landscape artist known for his drawings of American universities. At the turn of the century, Littig and Company commissioned Rummell to prepare watercolors of some of the nation's most prestigious colleges. From these watercolors, copper-plates were engraved and a limited number of engravings were issued. Most of Rummell's university views are strikingly similar in style, reveling the entire campus in panoramic splendor. The views are uniformly issued from an altitude of about 300 feet, suggesting that Rummell most likely worked form a balloon. Rummell produced his views in a variety of formats; the smaller ones (such as this example) are scarce on the market. Ironically, Rummell's Princeton view appears to not be held in institutional collections.


Richard W. Rummell (1848 – June 4, 1924) was an American artist active in Brooklyn during the late 19th and early 20th century. Rummell was born in Canada, the son of German immigrant Frank X. Rummell and his wife Eliza Rummell. He immigrated to the United States as a youth settling with his parents in Buffalo. He relocated to Brooklyn when he was in his mid-30s, setting up an illustration office at 258 Broadway in Manhattan. 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 among his more interesting works are 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 printer's plates for many of Rummell's university views were rediscovered in a Brooklyn warehouse. They were auctioned and sold to Arader Galleries, which today issues 'limited edition' reprints of his more desirable university views. Rummell's Brooklyn home was located at 45 Bay 28th Street and later 73 Hanson Place. In addition to his work as a visual artist, he was an accomplished actor and an avid yachtsman. He founding member of the Bensonhurst Yacht Club, where his yacht, the Careless was usually docked. He was also a member of the Royal Arcanum fraternal order. Rummell was survived by his wife, Emmeline Rummell, daughter, Chrissie Atkinson, and two sons, John Tribel Rummell, and Richard Rummell Jr., who became a famous Florida architect.


Very good condition. A bright, strong example overall.


Not in OCLC.