Stone Bridge over the Wissahickon
George Willie Beck
Like many early watercolorists in America, George Beck was born and trained in England as a topographical draftsman. He continued creating landscape pictures after immigrating to the United States in 1795. In this richly painted watercolor of a prospect in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, Beck combined the documentary imperatives of his training with a Picturesque approach to nature.
Opaque watercolor on paper mounted to canvas attached to Masonite and a wooden strainer
16 1/2 x 22 in. (41.9 x 55.9 cm)
Primary support: 19 3/8 x 24 1/8 in. (49.2 x 61.3 cm)
Secondary support (including strainer): 21 1/2 x 27 1/2 in. (54.6 x 69.9 cm)
Frame: 25 1/4 x 31 1/8 x 2 1/4 in. (64.1 x 79.1 x 5.7 cm) (show scale)
Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg
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George Willie Beck (American, born England, 1748-1812). Stone Bridge over the Wissahickon, ca. 1800. Opaque watercolor on paper mounted to canvas attached to Masonite and a wooden strainer, 16 1/2 x 22 in. (41.9 x 55.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg, 1991.10.1 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1991.10.1_cropped_SL1.jpg)
overall, 1991.10.1_cropped_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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