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View of the Jet at Harlem River.

  • ARTIST: Fayette Tower

  • PUBLISHER: Published by Wiley & Putnam.

  • MEDIUM: Aquatint,

    DATE: 1843.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 4 3/4 x 10" (12.3 x 25.5 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Engraved by W. Bennett. Pl. XX. From "Illustrations of the Croton Aqueduct" by Fayette Bartholomew. On occasion, the fantastic jet d'eau could be seen between the years 1842-48. This ended with the completion of High Bridge. On the left is Mount Morris - the Morris-Jumel Mansion. “. . . an embankment has been formed across the River and the pipe leaving the Aqueduct on the north side of the valley follows down the slope of the hill, and crossing over the River upon this embankment, ascends on the south side again to the Aqueduct. At the bottom or lowest point in this pipe, a branch pipe of 1-foot diameter has been connected, extending a distance of 80 feet from it . . . the end of this pipe is turned upwards to form a jet, and iron plates are fastened upon it giving any form that may be desired to the water issuing. The level of this branch pipe is about 120 feet below the bottom of the Aqueduct . . . affording an opportunity for a beautiful jet d’eau; - such an [sic] one as cannot be obtained at the fountains in the city. From an orifice of seven inches diameter the column of water rises to a height of 115 feet when there is only a depth of 2 feet of water in the Aqueduct. . . . “The scenery around this fountain added much to its beauty; there it stood, - a whitened column rising from the river, erect, or shifting its form, or waving like a forest tree as the winds swayed it, with the rainbow tints resting upon its spray, while on either side the wooded hills arose to rival its height . . . “ -FB Tower


  • CONDITION: Good condition.