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Collection Art-2D Collection
Catalog Number 1982.18.7
Object Name Print
Description "Manhattan Landscape," c. 1911, etching by James Daugherty. Features demolished structures in the foreground with tall skyscrapers in the background. The sky is full of gray clouds, with one large white one at top center.
Signed in pencil, lower right: James Daugherty

Label from The Collector's Eye (2014):
Manhattan Landscape, c. 1911
James Henry Daugherty (1889–1974), American
Gift of Sheila and Alvin Ukman, 1982.18.7.1

Though better known for his abstract color paintings, Daugherty created a series of realistic etchings of New York City early in his career. After living and studying in Europe, he set up a Brooklyn studio in 1911 with a view of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge.

Struck by the rapid transformation of the city, many of his etchings contrast tenements and horse-drawn buggies with soaring new bridges and buildings. Here, the Singer Building—the world’s tallest from 1908–09—rises above Manhattan in the background while a bridge piling and beams from demolished structures clutter the foreground, expressing the dynamism and energy of a changing city.

Artist information: Daugherty, a painter, printmaker, writer, and illustrator, was born in Asheville, NC, on June 1, 1889. He studied at the Corcoran School of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and with Frank Brangwyn in London. He was a member of the Silvermine Guild Artists, Author's Guild, Pennsylvania. His work has been shown in the Yale Museum of Fine Arts, New Haven, the New York Public Library, New York City, California Palace of Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, San Francisco. He was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1939.
Title Manhattan Landscape
Date c. 1911
Role of Creator Artist
Creator Daugherty, James Henry
Medium ink
Material paper
Technique etching
Dimensions H-20 W-16 inches
Credit line Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin L. Ukman
Culture American
Subjects Cityscape prints
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