Lyndhurst is an huge house in Tarrytown, New York. It was home to politician William Paulding, businessman George Merritt, and finally Gilded Age industrialist Jay Gould and his family. Lyndhurst has incredible Gothic Revival architecture, stained glass windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany and John LaFarge, and great furniture.
I freely admit that I haven't been great about posting gargoyles over the past few months, but I recently found a reader grotesque that I hadn't seen before, and it seems to have snapped me back into action. This scholarly fellow attends the City College of New York. I believe that he resides on the… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: City College of New York
Thomas Cole and Frederick Edwin Church, the two most prominent Hudson River School painters, both had homes and studios in the Catskill area of New York. One summer day, I went up there to visit the two houses, which are now museums open to the public for tours. This was my experience.
George Luks (1866-1933) was an American social realist painter. He is known best for his images of New York City, specifically its working-class and immigrant neighborhoods, and his energetic style seems to suit these scenes' vibrancy perfectly. He also studied and painted in Europe. Along with fellow American painters of urban life, Luks was part of the… Continue reading American Art of the Week: Houston Street by George Luks
The Cathedrals of Broadway, from a series of four paintings by American artist Florine Stettmheimer about life in 1920s-40s New York.
Last week, I attended the New York Antiquarian Book Fair as an exhibitor for the third year in a row. The fair is an elaborate and exciting four-day event in which over 200 dealers from five continents display and sell antiquarian books, historic documents and autographs, ephemera, illuminated manuscripts, maps, and other collectible works on paper. It is probably the largest and… Continue reading Behind the Scenes at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair
The early-twentieth century Britannia apartment building on West 110th Street in New York City counts among its residents not just one or two, but at least six grotesques. The 1909 building by Waid & Willauer architects was hailed in its day for its welcoming and "homelike" aesthetic.(1) Accordingly, its grotesques are supposed to represent aspects of… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: The Britannia (527 West 110th Street), New York City
Reginald Marsh, Wonderland Circus, Sideshow Coney Island, 1930.Tempera on canvas stretched on Masonite. Today's painting is not yet in the public domain, so click here to view it. I try so hard never to do post about works I can't actually show you, but this artist is too wonderful to overlook simply because he died… Continue reading American Art of the Week: Wonderland Circus, Sideshow Coney Island by Reginald Marsh
Frederick Childe Hassam, Late Afternoon, New York, Winter, 1900. Brooklyn Museum, New York. Photo via the-athenaeum.org. I think we've already established how much I love paintings of New York City in the snow, since I've written two previous posts on the topic (Snow falls softly on the city: the paintings of Guy C. Wiggins and Snow in… Continue reading December 4th: Late Afternoon, New York, Winter by Childe Hassam
Today’s prompt involves describing a place with the added challenge of doing so without using adverbs. The prompt specifies that I go to a place and describe it while I’m there, but I will describe someplace from memory because the weather is crummy, I competed this morning, and I have no desire to go back… Continue reading WordPress Writing 101 Prompt #8: Evocative Worlds in the Metropolitan Museum of Art