Old New York and the contemporary city collide

Looming skyscrapers and small buildings come together in this painting of a snowy city under pink-gray skies and thick chimney smoke by Everett Longley Warner.

The painting is undated, but Longley lived in New York between 1903 and 1924, according to one biography.

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  3. Bob Says:

    I would bet it was done between 1908 and 1917, closer to 1917.

    A larger painting of similar composition “Manhattan Contrasts”
    (http://www.nyhistory.org/exhibit/manhattan-contrasts-nyc) is from 1917 and was of some notoriety at the time. “Old New York” may have been a study for this.

    More about “Old New York”, from https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/everett-longley-warner-american-1877-1963-ol-3-c-78e41ea94b#

    “oil on board, signed ‘Everett Warner’ lower right, signed, titled and inscribed ‘Corner of West and Dey Streets’ on the reverse.
    17 5/8 x 13 3/4 inches”

  4. Bob Says:

    More on Warner, from “Glimpses of Old New-York” by Henry Collins Brown [Lent & Graff Company], 1917 – New York:

    (Via Google Books)


    Among the young men who are rapidly achieving great reputations, the work of Mr. Warner takes its place in the first rank. Mr. Warner’s best work depicts familiar scenes in our great city, preferably views showing Old and half-forgotten streets, like Vesey, Washington, or West, behind which tower the massive skyscrapers of the Woolworth, Singer or Municipal Building. With these in the shadowy background, the brilliantly colored old brick buildings, with their green shutters, make a striking contrast. His view of West Street gained a prize last spring, while some other paintings not yet exhibited will further enhance his reputation. The noble painting which forms our frontispiece, Battery Park, is not yet finished to the taste of the artist. It is a large work, about three feet by five, and would make a striking centrepiece in such a building, for instance, as the Whitehall, which is so admirably shown in this painting. Mr. Warner has a studio in the famed artist colony in West Sixty-seventh Street but spends part of the time in old Lyme in the summer.

    Quite a number of his paintings are in museums throughout the country. Of the several paintings of New York City scenes by Mr. Warner, the Toledo Museum has “Along the River Front”; the Corcoran Art Gallery, “Broadway on a Rainy Evening,” a view of Times Square when the Pabst Building stood where the Times Building now is; the Syracuse Museum has two, one a street scene at the corner of Canal and Hudson Streets, called “The Poor Man’s Club,” showing a saloon, etc. The Pan-American officials at San Francisco awarded him a silver medal for his picture, “The Brooklyn Bridge,” still in the possession of the artist. Other works are in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Rhode Island School of Design, Louisville Public Library, Boston Art Museum and New York Public Library. The view of Battery Park which serves as our frontispiece will soon be completed, and no doubt will be speedily purchased by some discerning connoisseur.

  5. Bob Says:

    There is a strong resemblance to “Dey Street between West and Washington Streets, Manhattan” by Berenice Abbott,
    a photograph taken 20 years later (1936)

    Here’s another one from 1938 taken by Abbott just north of Dey Street. “Vista from West Street, 115-119 West Street, Manhattan.”


  6. Zoé Says:

    This is such a viscerally evocative painting – the snow the smoke the haze the time of day (sunset? evening?) I can feel it all…

    I love these green buildings. Please somebody – paint your Mannyhatty buildings green like these!

  7. Zoé Says:

    He’s written of at the Florence Griswold Museum site as an important member of the art colony.

    ‘An American Place: The Art Colony at Old Lyme – Florence Griswold Museum’


  8. Bob Says:

    This link takes you to a YouTube slideshow narrated by Warner himself where he talks about painting these types of scenes (plus the painting on the East Side previously featured on Ephemeral New York).

    P.S. For some reason, an earlier post about Warner on this site is not tagged to link with the present one:


  9. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Thanks Bob, I just took a look at this clip…I think Warner needs more exposure, he’s an underrated and lesser-known painter.

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  11. David H Lippman Says:

    Fantastic painting…that IS New York.

  12. lagiraffaminor Says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing the painting with us.

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