The Old Print Shop

Cambridge College, Massachusetts.

  • ARTIST: Adriana Vethake

  • MEDIUM: Watercolor, pen & Ink.

    DATE: 1801

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 12 3/8 x 16 1/2" (31 x 41.9 cm)

  • DESCRIPTION: Dated in ink "New York, 1801." The view shows Massachusetts Hall, Harvard Hall, and Hollis Hall. The steeple to the left is the old Fourth Meeting House. Fourth Meeting House was erected in 1756 on land now part of the College Yard, where Lehman Hall stands. The pulpit was in the middle of the long north wall. br><br> This watercolor and several other watercolors attributed to Adriana Vethake were offered for sale in The Old Print Shop Portfolio, v. X, no. 1 (Aug-Sept, 1950). One of the drawings offered was signed by Adriana and all were obtained from the same source. Adriana Vethake (active 1795-1801), woman artist, primarily worked in watercolor, and was a pupil of Alexander and Archibald Robertson at their Columbian Academy of painting. In the issue of Portfolio, other watercolors by her were entitled “ New York from Long Island, with a view of Washington’s Headquarters of August, 1776 at Right” [This was a copy of Archibald Robertson’s watercolor now at Columbia University]; “Braintree, The Seat of John Adams President of the United States”; and “View on Throg’s Neck”. <br><br> Columbian Academy of Painting was one of the earliest art schools in the United States. It was founded by brothers, Archibald and Alexander Robertson, in 1792 and was located in New York at William Street and later Liberty Street. Students included John Vanderlyn, Francis Alexander, and woman miniaturist, Ann Hall. The brothers taught art to amateur and professional students with a wide variety of mediums and subjects. Their methods were based upon those taught in European and British art schools at that time. <br><br> Mr. Robertson sketches and paints landscapes in water colours with great facility. He has been the instructor of many young ladies who are distinguished for talent and skill. William Dunlap, “History of the Arts of Design in the United States.”

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: Framed to museum quality standards in a black and sanded spandrel molding. Glazed with Tru-Vue museum glass.

  • CONDITION: Overall in very good condition and color. There are two small breaks in the paper in the title margin and a small loss on paper in the upper right, outside of the image.


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