Skip Navigation

Rockdale, Near Manayunk, PA

August Kollner

American Art

The monochromatic palette of grays in this watercolor—called grisaille—speaks to the German-born August Kollner’s training in black-and-white lithography. Although he was employed primarily as an illustrator and printmaker after settling in Philadelphia in 1839, Kollner was also an indefatigable landscape sketcher. During his extensive travels throughout the Northeast, he recorded the scenery in drawings that he would later finish in watercolor. Here the seated figure in the foreground might represent the artist making studies for this work.
MEDIUM Watercolor, graphite, and black ink on cream, moderately thick, smooth-textured wove paper
DATES 1865
DIMENSIONS 10 7/16 x 13 in. (26.5 x 33 cm) Frame: 17 7/8 x 23 7/8 x 1 1/2 in. (45.4 x 60.6 x 3.8 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed and dated lower right: "AK. fec. May 14, 1865"
INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed lower left in black ink: "Rockdale, near Manayunk, Pa." and below this in graphite "Rockdale" Inscribed on verso: "Rockdale, above Manaymill[?] / May 14th, 1865"
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION August Kollner (American, 1813–1907). Rockdale, Near Manayunk, PA, 1865. Watercolor, graphite, and black ink on cream, moderately thick, smooth-textured wove paper, 10 7/16 x 13 in. (26.5 x 33 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg, 82.193.2 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 82.193.2_transp2751.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 82.193.2_transp2751.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
This work may be in the public domain in the United States. Works created by United States and non-United States nationals published prior to 1923 are in the public domain, subject to the terms of any applicable treaty or agreement. You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this work. Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form (charges apply). The Museum does not warrant that the use of this work will not infringe on the rights of third parties, such as artists or artists' heirs holding the rights to the work. It is your responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions before copying, transmitting, or making other use of protected items beyond that allowed by "fair use," as such term is understood under the United States Copyright Act. The Brooklyn Museum makes no representations or warranties with respect to the application or terms of any international agreement governing copyright protection in the United States for works created by foreign nationals. For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress, Cornell University, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Copyright Watch. For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright. If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.