From the Mill
In this drawing Alexander Robertson used a stylized graphic shorthand developed by his brother Archibald, who authored the first drawing manual published in the United States, Elements of the Graphic Arts (1802). The artist rendered leaves with looping strokes of his pen, created shading with parallel diagonal lines, and used lighter outlines for background motifs to indicate spatial distance. While the presence of a mill on the Hudson River suggests the beginning of industrial development, the drawing presents a harmonious vision of man in nature, with its tiny figure of a fisherman tucked among the rocks at the left.
- Artist: Alexander Robertson, American, born Scotland, 1772-1841
- Medium: Black ink on off-white, moderately thick, moderately textured laid paper
- Dates: September 11, 1796
- Dimensions: Sheet: 8 3/4 x 11 1/2 in. (22.2 x 29.2 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Unsigned
- Inscriptions: Inscribed at lower right in ink: "11. Sept. 1796" Inscribed in different hand at lower right corner in graphite: "3500"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 1990.216.2
- Credit Line: Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Alexander Robertson (American, born Scotland, 1772-1841). From the Mill, September 11, 1796. Black ink on off-white, moderately thick, moderately textured laid paper, Sheet: 8 3/4 x 11 1/2 in. (22.2 x 29.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg, 1990.216.2
- Catalogue Description: Sheet torn from sketchbook bound at left edge
- Record Completeness: Best (86%)