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From the Mill

Alexander Robertson

American Art

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.
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
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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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1990.216.2_IMLS_PS3.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1990.216.2_IMLS_PS3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Sheet torn from sketchbook bound at left edge
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