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Lot 176: H. Hawley Lithograph of Penn Station, NY - circa 1910
22 October 2016
Pittsburgh, PA, USALive Auction
Description: Hughson Hawley (English/American, 1850-1936), Pennsylvania Railroad Station, New York City: Seventh Avenue and Thirty-Second Street, looking towards Long Island, lithograph in colors, 1910, printed by Ketterlinus Lithographic Manufacturing Company, Philadelphia, signed lower right, copyright 1910 Pennsylvania Railroad Company, exposed: 27 x 51.25 Inches, label and tag for Christie's sale 3755 June 30 2015 lot 121/2, Collection of Richard Mellon Scaife, flared walnut wood: 32.25 x 56.75 x 1.75 inches, Colored Lithograph. Philadelphia: Ketterlinus Lith. Co., 1910. A large color promotional print of Pennsylvania Station in New York City dated 1910, the year it was completed. The architecture, considered a masterpiece of the Beaux-Arts style, was designed by the architects McKim, Mead and White. The view was published as a print under the copyright of the Pennsylvania Railroad, presumably to promote the magnificent new structure. The highly detailed birds-eye view is signed in the print matrix by Hughson Hawley, the foremost American architectural illustrator of the late 19th and early 20th century (Parks, p. 9).
Condition Report: unexamined outside of frame, in apparently good condition, multiple folding creases with subsequent wrinkling, raising, and loss, especially near the outer edges, pinholes evenly distributed to outer extremities, a few areas of minor discoloration and staining, scraping and wear near the center region of the left most edge