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Van Brunt Homestead

James Ryder van Brunt

American Art

Throughout his career, the Brooklyn artist James Ryder van Brunt specialized in watercolors of local historic sites, farmhouses, and churches painted in a conventional, topographical style. His subject matter reflected a personal interest in the region’s Dutch heritage; his own ancestors had settled here in the seventeenth century. This picture depicts his grandfather’s homestead near what is now Third Avenue between Eighth and Eleventh streets (the Gowanus Creek is at the left).
MEDIUM Opaque and transparent watercolor and graphite on wove paper mounted to pulpboard
DATES ca. 1865
DIMENSIONS 14 3/4 x 18 in. (37.5 x 45.7 cm) Frame: 18 x 24 x 1 1/2 in. (45.7 x 61 x 3.8 cm)
INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed on cardboard backing on frame: "An early view of rural Bklyn. / "The Van Brunt Homestead" / At Lip Denton's Mill, at the water's edge / By James Rider Van Brunt 1820-1913"
CREDIT LINE Bequest of Miriam Godofsky
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
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