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View, New York City, Fifth Avenue, Bowling Green, Federal Hall, Karl Dehmann, Antique Prints, c. 1950s

Karl Dehmann (1886-1974) (artist)
Three New York City Views
American: c. 1950s
Color-printed aquatints
Signed “Dehmann” in pencil lower right
Fifth Avenue: 11.25 x 15.5 inches, platemark; 13 x 18 inches, overall; $975
Bowling Green: 15 x 10.5 inches, platemark; 18 x 13 inches, overall; $800
Federal Hall: 8.5 x 13 inches, platemark; 13 x 17.5 inches, overall; $600

Three views of New York City in the 1950s, by Karl Dehmann, who made the aquatint prints after his own paintings. Two of them show Manhattan in the 1950s and the other is an historical view of old New York.

Fifth Avenue takes in the view looking south from around 60th Street. The sloped roof of the Plaza Hotel is visible above the treetops on the far right.

Bowling Green, the oldest public park in New York City, is shown from the Customs House at the foot of Broadway, with the Cunard Building prominently featured. Indeed, Cunard Line reproduced the image on the covers of menus aboard the R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth in 1955.

Federal Hall portrays the historic downtown area in the early 19th century, as men, women and children walk in the street and pump water from the well at the corner.

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Karl Dehmann was an American artist best known for his etchings and aquatints of New York City, which faithfully recorded the city’s skyline and architectural landmarks. He also painted in oils. Born in Hamburg, Germany, he studied painting at the Art Institute there with Julius Wohlerns and later continued his studies in Paris. He began exhibiting his work in Germany, including a show at the Hamburg Museum. In 1928 he emigrated to the United States, and spent the latter part of his life in Brewster, New York. During his long career he exhibited his work in the United States and abroad. His prints are in the collection of the New-York Historical Society and the Museum of the City of New York.

Condition: Each generally very good, with rich original colors, recently professionally cleaned and deacidified, with only light remaining toning, wear.


Kahn, Judy. “Karl Dehmann.” 2000-2014. (21 March 2014).

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20th Century