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Object ID 001920

Object Name Third Avenue Railroad Depot

Object Desc Reproduction of The Third Avenue Railroad Depot by William H. Schenck. Color print on textured background. Depicts the red bricked 3rd Avenue Railroad Depot in New York, NY.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002057

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General Category Art

Category Art - General


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location 3rd Floor Hallway South

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Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords art,Third Avenue Railroad Depot,reproduction,Schenck, William H.,Darling, William Augustus,fire engines,fire stations,

Title Third Avenue Railroad Depot


Description Depicts red brick railroad depot at center. Balcony in front of building with with six men standing on. At sides of building are railroad tracks with horse drawn carts. Around building are people standing also people on horsebck. At left are white buildings on a hill. At top of building is large American flag. To right of center at top is hot-air balloon. Inscription at lower left: DEDICATED TO WM. A. DARLING ESQ PRESIDENT OF THE 3RD AVE. R.R. Co

Medium paper, ink

Technique print, reproduction

Artist William H. Schenck

Artist Details Active 1854-1986. Schnenck was a self-taught artist. He was the superindendent of the Third Avenue Railroad Company Depot.

Signed Name 3rd Av. R.R. Depot Painted by WM Schenck, Supt.

Signature Location Lower right

Height 25.81

Length 0

Width 34.25

Depth 1.38

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Image Caption CMY2057



Date APR 8,2014

Summary fair

Assessor BN

Notes Overall, stable condition. Frame is scratched and edged on edges. On print, staining at top 1/2, small circular shapes across top. At center about 6" down from top edge of frame there is a circle shape of paper that is worn off with loss. Next to it to the right is a large dark circular stain. White scratch at left 9" from top edge 9" in from left edge. White scratches and creases at lower edge center. Overall, paper is worn. On back, paper tape has areas of loss and tearing. The two metal pieces at top for hanging are loose. At lower edge center there is a dent in paper outward with creasing. At center there is loss of paper layer. Accretions around edge of paper back from tape.




Date APR 8,2014

Notes Original painting hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is oil on canvas. It was painted about 1859-1960 by William H. Schenck. The piece is a part of the Edward W. C. Arnold Collection of the New York Prints, Maps, and Pictures.

Date APR 8,2014

Notes Book featuring original painting: Spassky, Natalie, Linda Bantel, Doreen Bolger Burke, Meg Perlman, and Amy L. Walsh. American Paintings in the Metropolitain Museum of Art, Vol. II. eds. Kathleen Luhrs and Jacolyn A. Mott. (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1985), p. 28-30.

Date APR 8,2014

Notes William Augustus Darling served as president of the Third Avenue Railroad from 1854-1865. From 1853-1910, the railway was known as the Third Avenue Street Railway Company, but was reorganzied as the Third Avenue Railway Company. Primarily the line was in Park Row, Bowery, and Third Avenue in Manhattan, NY. As seen in the painting, there was a ban on overhead trolley wires, so between the rails on the ground there was a conduit which the streetcars were powered from.