Watercolor painting of the Barnegat Lighthouse in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey, on a sunny summer day with calm seas. The red and white lighthouse is viewed from the shoreline of a sandy beach, just beyond some shrubbery. In the distance is a promontory with buildings and a ship at sea.
The Barnegat Lighthouse, an icon of the Jersey Shore, is recognizable from its white base and red upper half. The current structure depicted in this watercolor is 165 feet tall and has 217 steps, and was built as a replacement to the original lighthouse that was destroyed during a storm in 1856. It was decommissioned in 1927, though used by the Coast Guard during World War II, when this painting was done.
Arthur Weindorf was a listed illustration artist based in New York City. Born and raised in Queens, he drew for many local newspapers and magazines there. Early in his career, he was a political cartoonist for the Long Island Daily Star. From 1908 to 1944 he worked for the New York City subway system, drawing and developing maps, models, architectural designs and other materials. He was also known for his genre and figure paintings, which he exhibited nationally. His work frequently exhibited a playful sense of humor. Weindorf was a member of the Society of Independent Artists, where he exhibited regularly from 1920-43. After his death in 1979, the borough president of Queens issued a proclamation in his honor for his services to the borough and the city’s subway system, and “his efforts to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the history of Queens.”
Condition: Generally very good, with the usual light toning and wear, the colors nonetheless bright. Outer edges with some minor mat toning, chipping, and repaired short tear — all can be rematted out. Some minor tape residue verso not affecting the front.
“About Barnegat Lighthouse.” State of New Jersey. http://www.state.nj.us/travel/virtual/barneyhistry.html (1 March 2004).
“Proclamation [in honor of Arthur Weindorf].” Borough of Queens, City of New York. 25 May 1979.