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A Front View of the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Conn.
1845
Printer:Printed by Kellogg & Hanmer , American, 1844 - 1845
Publisher:Published by Kellogg & Hanmer , American, 1844 - 1845
Lithography; printer's ink, watercolor, and graphite on wove paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 10 1/2 x 13 3/4in. (26.7 x 34.9cm) Sheet (height x width): 14 3/4 x 21 9/16in. (37.5 x 54.8cm)
Credit Line: Gift of the heirs of J. F. Morris
Description: Front elevation of the Wadsworth Atheneum, a stone Gothic revival museum building with square towers flanking the main entrance which is recessed behind flattened pointed arches. Windows appear to contain leaded glass and have hood molds with corbel stops. Crenellations line the roof. Lettering in the gable over the front entrance reads: "1842 / WADSWORTH ATHENEUM".
Subject Note: The Wadsworth Atheneum, the oldest public art museum in the United States, was completed in 1844 to the designs of Ithiel Town and Alexander Jackson Davis. Technique Note: The tops of all four towers have been modified with pencil, apparently by a competent draftsman, suggesting that this could be an early proof of the print. (Finlay 12/20/2002)
Inscription: On recto, lithographed title beneath image, "A FRONT VIEW OF THE WADSWORTH ATHENEUM, HARTFORD, CONN. / This building contains a Library, belonging to the Young Men's Institute, the Wadsworth Picture Gallery, together / with a Library, and Collection of Antiquities, belonging to the Connecticut Historical Society." On verso, in pencil: upper left, "Print / Box 2 / #24"; lower right, accession number, "consv. CPC 1987" and "Dwr 23".
Object Number: 1900.5.1
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