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West Forty-Second Street

West Forty-Second Street

c. 1920

John Taylor Arms

(American, 1887-1953)

Pen and black ink

Gift of Carole W. and Charles B. Rosenblatt 2011.466

Catalogue raisonné: Fletcher 41

Description

This view of 42nd Street from the corner of Fifth Avenue looks west toward Sixth Avenue. The New York Public Library is in the left foreground. Arms always made contour drawings on site, delineating the important aspects of the subject. Later in his Connecticut studio he traced the outlines of the forms onto tracing paper, which was used to transfer the subject onto the plate.

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