Martin Lewis

Artist's Biography

Rain on Murray Hill.

Drypoint, 1928.
Image size 7 7/8 x 11 7/8" (20 x 30 cm).
Very good condition.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 92384
Price: $32,000.00
Publisher :
A spectacular impression of this great image printed in dark green ink. It is not known how many impressions were printed in green ink and brown ink, just the total number printed. This print suffers in later impressions as the rain, shown with lightly drawn drypoint lines wear off the plate. Green ink impressions often show a greater sense of dampness.

The location is 34th Street and Park Avenue. The view is taken from the east side of Park Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets looking north.

On the right is a view of the second 71st Regiment Armory, the first being destroyed by fire on February 22, 1902, and the second being built between 1904 and 1906. The architectural firm of Clinton & Russell designed the new building, built on the original site of 1.06 acres on Park Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets. When completed, the brick and stone fortress, crenelated towers, romantic turrets, and a wide flight of stone stairs turn to a gaping maw of an entrance. The most striking part was the 236-foot tall tower which Lewis shows disappearing out of the image. In 1912 at a show called “Land Show” the Women’s Political Union distributed suffragist literature. In two months the Women’s Political Union was back holding a huge rally called the “Suffrage Ball.” According to the New York Times “Well, the Women's Political Union did one big thing last night. It made the 71st Regiment Armory look small. And the 71st Regiment Armory holds a few people, too--about ten thousand."

The 71st Regiment Armory was demolished in 1971 and a forty-two story skyscraper was built which included the Norman Thomas High School.

On the left is the original 1 Park Avenue. It was sold and demolished in 1953 soon after the renumbering of Park Avenue making this building 7 Park Avenue. It was located on the northwest corner of Park Avenue.

Signed in pencil, inscribed "imp."
20th Century Subjects , New York City , Manhattan - Midtown