HILL, John (1770-1850) after William Guy WALL (1792-after 1864)
New York From The Heights Near Brooklyn
New York: G. & C. & H. Carvill, 1828. Aquatint and engraving, with hand-colouring by John Hill. On paper watermarked J. Whatman 1828. Sheet size: 20 1/2 x 28 3/4 inches.
The Wall view of Manhattan from Brooklyn.
The view was made from a point in Brooklyn near the Anchor Gin Distillery of Hezekiah Beers Pierrepont (later Pierpont). The pond in the foreground was Cornell's mill pond.
This view, together with the companion New York from Weehawk, forms "one of the most beautiful pairs of views of New York in the early nineteenth century" (Stokes, American Historical Prints, op.cit.).
A contemporary newspaper article noted that the "views taken by Mr. Wall are the most accurate descriptions that we have seen. One of them is taken from Brooklyn Heights, near the Distillery of the Messrs. Pierponts, and the other from the Mountain at Weehawk. Mr. Wall at first made a drawing from the high land back of Hoboken…"
The original watercolor is preserved in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Stauffer 615; Stokes, American Historical Prints , c.1820-23-E-92; Stokes, The Iconography of Manhattan Island , vol. III, pp.557-579, illustrated plate 92; Koke, Checklist of John Hill , number 96; Déak, Picturing America , number 335, illustrated.