1909 Rummell View of St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York

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1909 Rummell View of St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York


Illustrates the historic heart of St. Lawrence University.


St. Lawrence University Canton N.Y.
  1909 (undated)     16.75 x 30.5 in (42.545 x 77.47 cm)


This is a c. 1913 Richard Rummell view of St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. The view illustrates St. Lawrence from a fictional highpoint above the intersection of Park Street and University Avenue. A beautiful grove of trees occupies the immediate foreground and Herring-Cole Hall, one of the oldest buildings on campus, appears to the left. The oldest building on campus, Richardson Hall, is to the right of and behind Herring-Cole Hall, and students can be seen walking along the pathway leading from Richardson Hall. Piskar Hall and Payson Hall appear near the right border, and Carnegie Hall is the building to the left of these two buildings and behind them. Both Richardson Hall and Herring-Cole Hall are on the National Register of Historic Places, as is the Old Campus Historic District, which includes many of the buildings illustrated here. Some of the buildings seen here no longer stand.
Rummell University Views
Rummell 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 the Rummell most likely worked form a balloon.

In more recent times, Arader Galleries acquired many of the original printing plates for Rummell's college views and issued restrikes, but the original printings, as here, have become extremely rare. This is the first time we have encountered Rummell's view of St. Lawrence University.


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. In the 1950s, the original printer's plates for many of Rummell's university views were rediscovered in a Brooklyn warehouse. 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. More by this mapmaker...


Very good. Even overall toning. Exhibits some mat burn in outer margins that could be covered by a frame.