The United States of New York.
26.5 x 22 in (67.31 x 55.88 cm)
A scarce and entertaining 1978 pictorial view of New York City (and 'environs') by the illustrator Tony Graham. Depicting the New Yorker's, or more accurately the Manhattanite's, view of the United States, it devotes considerable attention to the neighborhoods, shops, and attractions of Manhattan while relegating less important parts of the city, and country, to the margins.
A Closer LookFocusing primarily on the area below 59th St., the view is packed with a thorough catalog of Manhattan's neighborhoods, theaters, restaurants, shops, and more, including surviving stalwarts like Nathan's hot dogs and Zabar's. Additional neighborhoods and attractions in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Long Island, and Staten Island crowd in along the edges of the city. The artist points out the location of his own studio, just west of the Strand Book Store in the East Village. Among the restaurants labeled is Umbertos Clam House, on the edge of Little Italy and Chinatown, which was the site of the murder of gangster 'Crazy' Joe Gallo soon after opening in 1972. The then-newly completed World Trade Center stands prominently towards bottom-left. Among the diminutive places outside the five boroughs, Puerto Rico, home to many New Yorkers, stands out at bottom-right.
Publication History and CensusThis view was drawn and published by Tony Graham in 1978. It is quite scarce, not being listed among the holdings of any institution and only occasionally appearing on the market.
Tony Graham (1933 - 1992) was an artist, illustrator, and art gallery owner based in New York City. Born David Lebo in Pittsburgh, he worked in broadcasting in West Virginia for two decades (changing his name in the process) before relocating to New York and, several years later, beginning a career as an illustrator. His works, generally depicting his adopted city, appeared in multiple publications, including the New York Times. In addition to his own works, Graham owned the Newmark Gallery on the Upper East Side, where he sold limited edition prints by contemporary artists. More by this mapmaker...
Very good. Even toning. Light soiling in margin at bottom-right corner.