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View, New York City, East River Pier, George Stimmel, Vintage Etching
George Stimmel (1880-1964) [Burns Bros. Coal-loading Pier, East River]
New York: c. 1940
Signed in plate and in pencil lower right; edition numbered lower left 9/30
8.5 x 11.75 inches, plate mark
12 x 14.5 inches, overall
View of the shoreline of Manhattan’s East River, with barges and the Burns Bros. coal-loading pier in the foreground and industrial smokestacks rising above the other buildings in the middle distance. The spire of the Chrysler Building can be seen in the distance to the left. Burns Bros. was a major coal supplier in New York during the first half of the 20th century and had several piers along the river.
George Stimmel was a painter, lithographer, etcher, illustrator and designer. Born in New Jersey, he studied at the Pratt Institute of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Stimmel worked as a set designer at the Metropolitan Opera and was a member of the Scenic Artists Union. He also exhibited his work at the Salmagundi Club and Salons of America. His artwork typically depicted landscapes and scenes of daily life. He made a large series of etchings of New York City landscapes and cityscapes often featuring bridges.
Condition: Generally very good with the usual light overall toning and wear.
Falk, Peter Hastings, ed. Who Was Who in American Art. Madison, Connecticut: Sound View Press, 1985. p. 598.