The Way the City is Built
Charles Miller had a preservationist’s interest in the historic buildings and landmarks that were rapidly disappearing throughout New York and Long Island. This Harlem scene represents the modern urban landscape in transition: a hill on which stands an old cottage is being razed for the construction of more multistory tenements like the ones at right. Miller’s unvarnished realism and broad brushwork reveal the influence of progressive trends in European art, which he would have observed while studying at the Royal Academy in Munich after abandoning a medical career in 1867.
- Artist: Charles Henry Miller, American, 1842-1922
- Medium: Watercolor with graphite pencil underdrawing on moderately textured, moderately thick, cream, wove paper (cold-pressed watercolor paper)
- Dates: 1877
- Dimensions: 12 7/8 x 18 1/2 in. (32.7 x 47 cm) Frame: 24 x 30 x 1 1/2 in. (61 x 76.2 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower right: "CH Miller. May 77"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 50.149.2
- Credit Line: Dick S. Ramsay Fund
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Charles Henry Miller (American, 1842-1922). The Way the City is Built, 1877. Watercolor with graphite pencil underdrawing on moderately textured, moderately thick, cream, wove paper (cold-pressed watercolor paper), 12 7/8 x 18 1/2 in. (32.7 x 47 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 50.149.2
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)