The Hudson River Paddle Steamer New York signed lower right: "J. Bard. NY. 188(?)" watercolor on artist's board heightened with gouache 17 x 33-1/4 in. (43.1 x 84.4 cm.)
The Hudson River paddle steamer New York introduced into service 1887 in the New York to Albany route. Designed as a passenger boat only, its interior decor featured many fine paintings that gained Hudson Rover Day Line steamers the reputation of being "floating galleries of art."
Exhibited: The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York: J. & J. Bard Picture Painters, June 4, 1977 - September 11, 1977.
PROVENANCE: Collection of Arthur H. Fletcher of the W.A. Fletcher Company Hoboken, NJ Jesse L. Fletcher, and thence to the Steamship Historical Society of America.
LITERATURE: Anthony J. Peluso, Jr., J. and J. Bard: Picture Painters, Hudson River Press, New York, 1977, pg. 103 for another version of the New York
The Mariners Museum in collaboration with Anthony J. Peluso, Jr., The Bard Brothers: Painting America Under Steam and Sail, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, 1997, pp. 159 and 161 for other versions of the ship.