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Throughout his career, the Brooklyn artist James Ryder van Brunt specialized in watercolors of local historic sites, farmhouses, and churches painted in a conventional, topographical style. His subject matter reflected a personal interest in the region's Dutch heritage; his own ancestors had settled here in the seventeenth century. This picture depicts his grandfather's homestead near what is now Third Avenue between Eighth and Eleventh streets (the Gowanus Creek is at the left).
Descriptive medium: Opaque and transparent watercolor and graphite on wove paper mounted to pulpboard
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