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Staten Island and the Narrows

Thomas Chambers

American Art

This lively image records the lower New York harbor between southern Brooklyn and Staten Island that is now spanned by the Verrazano Bridge. Thomas Chambers's paintings are often based on prints, and they were seldom signed or date. His style was distinguished by a bold sense of composition and brilliant coloring, often with an enamel-like finish. This view is based on William Bartlett's engraving published in American Scenery (1840).

MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES ca. 1835–1855
DIMENSIONS frame: 26 1/2 x 35 x 2 1/2 in. (67.3 x 88.9 x 6.4 cm) 21 15/16 x 30 1/4 in. (55.8 x 76.9 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Thomas Chambers (American, 1808–died after 1866). Staten Island and the Narrows, ca. 1835–1855. Oil on canvas, frame: 26 1/2 x 35 x 2 1/2 in. (67.3 x 88.9 x 6.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 48.53 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 48.53_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 48.53_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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