All the ladies on the Central Park Mall in 1901

Completed in 1863, Bethesda Terrace was one of the first structures to go up in Central Park—and it’s also one of the most breathtaking, with its grand, intricately carved staircases connecting park visitors to the expanse of the Mall.

Of course, his may have been of no interest to post-Impressionist painter Maurice Prendergast.

He simply may have been struck by the sight of so many women (and some kids, plus a few men) gathered at the Terrace steps, almost all in brightly colored dresses shielding themselves from the sun under parasols.

(Hat tip to Audrey for singling out this lovely mosaic-like painting.)

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3 Responses to “All the ladies on the Central Park Mall in 1901”

  1. trilby1895 Says:

    Have just replaced laptop wallpaper with this marvel of Prendergast’s talent; just right for spring! Thank you much, Ephemeral!

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    I love that idea and might do it too. Thanks!

  3. Ruth-Ann Rosenthal Says:

    Beautiful. Share on FB

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