New York City Skyline – 1916
This panoramic view of lower Manhattan was taken from the Staten Island Ferry in 1916. Looking north towards the Battery in New York harbor you can see the development of the skyline.
Among the tall buildings seen here at the southern tip of Manhattan are: the Washington Building, Bowling Green Building, the Woolworth Building, the Equitable Building and the Bankers Trust Building.
On the right are the Ferry Terminal and the Brooklyn Bridge.
Six Views of New York by Luigi Kasimir
In 2000 and 2001 Swann Galleries (a New York auction house) held New York City auctions. All the items: books, posters, maps, ephemera, photographs, prints and art were related to the city. It was a great concept that they discontinued after 2001. It was at these auctions where I first encountered the art work of Luigi Kasimir.
Kasimir was born in 1881 in the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and later came to New York where he repeatedly captured the architectural sights of the city. Today, Kasimir is best known for his detailed etchings, many of which were done in color, which apparently was not the norm for early 20th century etchings. The New York Times distinguished Kasimir from other etchers of the time at a contemporary exhibition in 1926 by referring to him as a “colorist.” Continue reading