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Berenice Abbott (American, 1898–1991)
LOT ID: 73098
De Peyster Statue, Bowling Green, Manhattan, 1936

Silver Print, gelatin silver print
7.9 х 9.8 in. (20.07 x 24.89 cm.)
Signed, stamped, and inscribed: "De Peyster Statue, Bowling Green, Manhattan, Looking north on Broadway; Reg. 154 I.B. 7/23/36" in pencil on verso. "Federal Art Project 'Changing New York', photographs by Berenice Abbott" and "photograph berenice abbott, 50 commerce st new york city" stamped on verso.
Print/Casting Year 1936
Lot description
Vintage print dated July 23, 1936; in prime condition.

Created by American sculptor George Edwin Bissell, this bronze statue depicts Abraham De Peyster, who was the mayor of New Amsterdam (now Manhattan) from 1691 - 1694. The sculpture was located in Bowling Green for almost a century before being relocated to Hanover Square in 1976, and then moved into storage in 2004 to make room for the British Memorial Garden. The statue originally faced uptown in its Bowling Green location, but was rotated in the 1930s to cast more light on the statue, as shown in Abbott's photograph.

At age seventy-seven Berenice Abbott thus explained her approach to making images. She learned photography in the 1920s in Paris, as a studio assistant of fellow American expatriate Man Ray. She soon opened her own portrait studio, where she photographed artists and intellectuals living in Paris, including James Joyce and Eugène Atget. After Atget's death, Abbott was instrumental in promoting his work by preserving his prints and negatives and arranging for publications and exhibitions of his photographs. She returned to the United States and began to photograph the architectural landscape of New York City, which resulted in the publication Changing New York. She taught at the New School for Social Research in New York from the 1930s until 1958. [getty.edu]
De Peyster Statue, Bowling Green, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott
  • De Peyster Statue, Bowling Green, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott
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