Brooklyn Bridge at Night
After many years abroad, Joseph Pennell settled in Brooklyn Heights in 1921. His upper-story apartment afforded magnificent views of New York, its waterways, and its bridges—all of which were regular subjects in his art. Pennell achieved the tenebrous effects of this work with aquatint, an etching technique in which the picture is conceived in tone rather than line. Aquatint uses a plate coated with a porous, grainy ground. During the bath, acid bites the underlying metal around the tiny grains, thus creating a subtly patterned area that prints as a tonal wash. Varying the bath time for different sections of the plate results in darker or lighter tones.
Aquatint in black ink on cream, light-weight, slightly textured laid paper
Sheet: 8 3/8 x 10 1/2 in. (21.3 x 26.7 cm)
Image: 7 3/8 x 8 13/16 in. (18.7 x 22.4 cm) (show scale)
Signed below image in center, in pencil: "Jo Pennell [imp?]"
In Pennell's writing "The Bridge"
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Joseph Pennell (American, 1860-1926). Brooklyn Bridge at Night, 1922. Aquatint in black ink on cream, light-weight, slightly textured laid paper, Sheet: 8 3/8 x 10 1/2 in. (21.3 x 26.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the artist, 25.50 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 25.50_PS1.jpg)
overall, 25.50_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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