Untitled (26 Broadway)
Etching. Signed in pencil. Image measures 12 1/8" x 5 1/2".
This beautiful etching depicts the entrance to 26 Broadway, otherwise known as the Standard Oil Building after its original occupant. Built in 1885, the building was renovated in 1921-1928 by Thomas Hastings almost to the point of being unrecognizable. This print dates to shortly after this rebuilding and shows the elaborate vaulted entrance with a globe-shaped lamp and carved decoration. A number of cars and people stand outside, all dwarfed by the massive size of the entrance. Strong contrasts of black and white in the etching enhance the building's dramatic architecture. The print is a dark impression in excellent condition. Earl Horter was an American etcher and illustrator who concentrated on urban scenes, particularly of New York and Philadelphia. He was strongly influenced by avant-garde art of the period, particularly Picasso, and became well-known as a collector as well as an artist. His work earned him a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1978. This print is a striking example of his work.