Rona Schneider Fine Prints
  Downtown Manhattan
  Joseph Pennell   (1857-1926)

  THE WEST STREET BUILDING, FROM THE SINGER BUILDING, 1908. Wuerth 491. Ed. ca. 90. Signed in pencil, inscribed "imp." and printed on antique laid paper. Pennell, like his idol Whistler, preferred to do his own printing, and often used sheets of old paper torn from ledgers or books. This imposing 1905 building, designed by Cass Gilbert (the architect in 1913 of the Woolworth Building), was 23 stories high. It occupied the block between Albany and Cedar Streets, and was by far the largest building in the area . Pennell gives us a detailed view of its neighborhood, and then acrosss the Hudson River to New Jersey. Every important city deserves a Pennell to preserve its past. A fine impression in fine condition.
  Etching, sandpaper & drypoint, 10 7/8 x 8 3/8 inches. $875.
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