Flatbush Savings Bank
Drawing by Vernon Howe Bailey, 1927
Flatbush Savings Bank
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Vernon Bailey Howe signature
Vernon Howe Bailey (1874-1953)
Flatbush Savings Bank
American: 1927
Signed and dated lower right
Pencil on illustration board
19 x 23 inches, image size (to former matting)
21 x 25.75 inches, overall
$975

This drawing shows the Flatbush Savings Bank, at 1045 Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.  From a point of view across the street, the scene takes in a streetcar, automobiles, and well-dressed pedestrians.  The building is in the Beaux Arts taste emphasizing classical architectural elements.  It still serves the Flatbush neighborhood as a bank; since 1997 it has been a branch of Astoria Federal Savings & Loan Association.  A photograph taken in 2012 (see Reference below) shows that it looks substantially the same, apart from the name change and the flagpole shown atop the building in the drawing, which is no longer there.

Vernon Howe Bailey was an American painter, draftsman and illustrator, known for his landscape, cityscape, architectural and maritime subjects. Born in New York City, he studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, the Philadelphia Museum School and the Académie Biloul in Paris.  He began his career as an illustrator covering news stories for the Philadelphia Times and the Boston Herald between 1892 and 1901.  He went on to work for the New York Sun and leading magazines of the day and traveled in Europe in 1907 on assignment for Harper's Weekly.  His drawings of U.S. navy yards and munitions plants during World War I were widely exhibited and are now in the collection of the Smithsonian.  During the 1920s, he traveled extensively in Spain, making landscape drawings and watercolors, which were later reproduced in his book Little Known Towns of Spain.  He also made a celebrated series of drawings and prints of New York City skyscrapers, published in the book Skyscrapers of New York.  Bailey was made a member of the American Watercolor Society, the Society of Illustrators, the Hispanic Society of America and the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Art in Madrid, Spain.  His works were collected or exhibited in prestigious venues in the U.S. and Europe, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Hispanic Society, the New York Public Library, the Museum of the City of New York, the National Library in Madrid and the Vatican Library.

Condition: Generally very good overall with the usual light toning and wear.  Formerly matted with toning and some glue stains and abrasions where matting was, can be rematted out.

References:

"Astoria Federal Savings and Loan Association." Bankencyclopedia.com. http://www.bankencyclopedia.com/Astoria-Federal-Savings-and-Loan-Association-29805-Long-Island-City-New-York.html#b (2 April 2013).

Falk, Peter Hastings, ed.  Who Was Who in American Art.  Madison, Connecticut:  Sound View Press, 1985. p. 28.

Kiernan, Matthew X. "Flatbush Savings Bank, Flatbush." Flickr. 3 July 2012. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mateox/7496556610/ (2 April 2013).

"Vernon Howe Bailey." Wikipedia. 9 January 2013. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernon_Howe_Bailey (3 April 2013).