Drawn By New York: Six Centuries of Watercolors and Drawings at the New-York Historical Society
Author: Roberta J.M. Olson, with the assistance of Alexandra Mazzitelli
The New-York Historical Society's drawing collection is one of the earliest assembled in the United States, yet its trove of over 8,000 sheets and 75 rare sketchbooks is surprisingly unknown. Drawn by New York presents over 200 highlights of the Society's vast holdings, which span six centuries, from 16th-century avian watercolours and a Dutch view of New Amsterdam (1650), to the faade of St. Patrick's Cathedral captured from inside Rockefeller Center by Richard Haas (2002) and representations of the World Trade Center, both before and after September 11th 2001. The catalogue includes major works by John James Audubon, Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, Albert Bierstadt, George Catlin and John Singer Sargent.