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View, New York City, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Four Bridges, Anton Schutz, Vintage Etching, c. 1929


Anton Joseph Friedrich Schutz (1894-1977) (artist and etcher)
The Four Bridges
American: c. 1929
Etching on Japan paper
Signed lower right margin: A. Schutz
10 x 13.75 inches, image
12.75 x 18.5 inches, overall

Bird’s-eye view of Brooklyn, looking west toward Manhattan and the East River with four bridges: from nearest to farthest are the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge, the Williamsburgh Bridge and the Queensboro Bridge. On the far right are the four smokestacks of the Brooklyn Edison Company. It was drawn and etched by Anton Schutz, part of his large series of New York City scenes. It is titled at the edge of the lower left margin in pencil by an unknown hand, “The four bridges.” The James Boyd Collection of New York City Etchings 1861-1940 of the New-York Historical Society lists one titled Four Bridges seen from 24th floor of 16 Court St., Brooklyn, but does not illustrate it; it is possible that it is the same print, identifying its full title and specific vantage point.

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Anton Joseph Friedrich Schutz was an etcher, writer, and editor, born in Germany. He studied at the University of Munich and the Royal Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts. By 1925 he relocated to New York City, where he studied at the Art Students League. He created an extensive series of etchings of New York City scenes during the 1920s and 30s, 24 of which were published in his book New York Etchings (1939). Schutz was a member of the Society of American Etchers and the Chicago Society of Etchers. During his lifetime his works were exhibited and collected by major institutions in the U.S. and abroad, including the Library of Congress, the British Museum in London, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the New York Public Library, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Schutz also contributed etchings to the 14th edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, served as director of the New York Graphic Society, authored Fine Art Reproductions of Old and Modern Masters (1951) and served as publisher and co-editor of 16 volumes in the UNESCO World Art Series, each on the art of a different country (1954-58). The New York Historical Society has 121 etchings of New York City scenes by Anton Schutz, including two of the Medical Center dated 1927, as part of the James Boyd Collection of New York City Etchings.

Condition: Recently professionally cleaned and deacidified, with repair to minor abrasion in sky, now with only light remaining overall toning and wear. Inscribed “550 The four bridges 30–” in pencil in another hand lower left.


“Anton (Joseph Friedrich) Schutz.” 2000-2007. (17 September 2007).

Falk, Peter Hastings, ed. Who Was Who in American Art. Madison, Connecticut: Sound View Press, 1985. p. 552.

“Guide to the James Boyd Collection of New York City Etchings
1861-1940.” New York Historical Society. 2006. (3 December 2019).

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