New York City Etchings
Nat Lowell, 1st Half 20th Century


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Above: Details from various prints and the artist's signature.

Nat Lowell (1880-1956)
New York City Scenes
New York: 1st Half 20th Century
Etchings, some hand-colored
Titled and signed in pencil
Sizes vary as shown above
Prices vary: $400 to $750 each

Nat Lowell documented beloved New York City landmarks in detailed etchings over several decades. Subjects included the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, the George Washington Bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan skyline and the Church of the Transfiguration, popularly known as “The Little Church Around the Corner.” Lowell frequently juxtaposed the architecture’s geometry and details with the irregular shapes of foliage or shadows. Some of the prints were issued black and white, and others with hand color.

Nat Lowell, an emigrant from Latvia, studied at the Art Students League and with artists Siddons Mowbray and Gutzon Borglum. He is well known for his views of New York City, emphasizing the steel and granite splendors of bridges, monuments, and tall buildings. He taught art at Hunter College and at the New School in New York City. His works are represented in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Newark Museum, the New York Public Library, the New-York Historical Society, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Library of Congress.

Condition: Each generally very good with the usual overall light toning and wear. For specific condition reports on a particular print, please inquire.

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1 Brooklyn Bridge Brooklyn Bridge New York: c. 1940 Signed in pencil lower right. 9.5 x 12.75, plate mark 12 x 15.25 inches, overall 0 Hand-colored view of the Brooklyn Bridge as seen from Brooklyn, looking across the East River toward the Lower Manhattan skyline. The American International Building (then the Cities Services Building) and the Trump Building (then the Bank of Manhattan Building) are highlighted against a bright cloud. Boats steam past in the busy harbor. lowell-brooklyn.jpg lowell-brooklyn-2.jpg
2 Tip of Manhattan Tip of Manhattan New York: c. 1940 Titled lower left and signed in pencil lower right. 10 x 12.75, plate mark 12 x 14.75, overall 0 Hand-colored view of Lower Manhattan as seen from the water facing the southern tip of Manhattan Island. The three tallest buildings in the center are, from left to right, the Trump Building (then the Bank of Manhattan Building), 20 Exchange Place (then the City Bank Farmer's Trust Building) and the American International Building (then the Cities Services Building). All were built in the early 1930s. lowell-top.jpg lowell-top-2.jpg
3 Manhattan Skyline Manhattan Skyline New York: c. 1940 Titled lower left and signed in pencil lower right. 9 x 13.5 inches, plate mark 10.75 x 15 inches, overall 750 Hand-colored view of the Manhattan skyline as seen from a park on the opposite riverbank. In the foreground, a footpath leads the eye toward the distant view, which shimmers in the haze of a summer's day. lowell-skyline.jpg lowell-skyline-2.jpg
4 The Little Church Around the Corner
(The Church of the Transfiguration)
The Little Church Around the Corner c. 1928 Signed in pencil lower right and in plate lower left 9.5 x 11.75 inches, image 11.75 x 15 inches, overall 400 New York City Episcopal church located at 1 East 29th Street in Midtown South. Built in 1849, the church reputedly received its nickname as "The Little Church Around the Corner" by the actor Joseph Jefferson in 1870. Thereafter the church became a spiritual haven for the theatrical community and the national headquarters of the Episcopal Actors' Guild of America. It was designated a United States Landmark in 1973 and the building as depicted by Lowell still stands today. lowell-little.jpg lowell-little-2.jpg
5 New York Harbor 1909 New York Harbor 1909 New York: c. 1909 Titled in pencil lower left, signed in pencil lower right 9.5 x 12.25 inches, image 13 x 16.5 inches, overall 0 View of the financial district in lower Manhattan featuring the Statue of Liberty prominently in New York Harbor amidst boats, skyscrapers punctuating the sky line, and the Brooklyn Bridge in the distance. lowell-liberty.jpg lowell-liberty-2.jpg
6 George Washington Bridge George Washington Bridge c. 1930s-1940s 10.5 x 13.75 inches, image 12.25 x 15.5 inches, overall 550 View of the George Washington Bridge over New York's Hudson River, with the rocky cliffs of Manhattan in the foreground and several boats and the New Jersey skyline in the distance. The bridge opened in 1931. Lowell produced at least one other etching of the bridge in 1947, in a different composition. lowell-gwbridge.jpg lowell-gwbridge-2.jpg
7 Central Park South Central Park South New York: c. 1940 Signed in pencil lower right. 8.75 x 12.5 inches, image 12 x 16 inches, sheet 0 Uncolored view of Central Park featuring landmark buildings in the background and a pond in the foreground. lowell-park.jpg lowell-park-2.jpg
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