Untitled Document
New York From a Sea Plane - Everett Longley Warner
Sold Everett Longley Warner
"New York From a Sea Plane", circa 1919
Pastel on paper
14 x 11 inches

Provenance:
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur C. Riley, by 1992


Exhibited:
Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Connecticut, A World Observed: The Art of Everett Longley Warner, 1877-1963, catalogue by Helen K. Fusscas, June 6 – August 9, 1992, no. 32, cited pp. 22, 46, illus. fig. 22 p. 22. Exhibition also traveled to Westmoreland Museum of Art, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, August 30 – October 25, 1992 and the Center Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, November 16, 1992 – January 26, 1993


Almost certainly the only surviving work from a series of aerial views the artist created of early 20th century Manhattan, New York from a Seaplane conveys the enduring thrill of seeing one of the world’s most exciting and iconic cities from a plane. Though air travel is no longer the novelty it was in Warner’s day, the sight of Manhattan’s skyline viewed from above still captivates even the most jaded of travelers. In this work, Warner captures a panoramic view of lower New York in considerable detail, using fine crosshatches of pastel to define the contours of individual buildings—the Municipal and Woolworth Buildings—as well as major landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge. But by introducing complex effects of light and perspective, the artist heightens the work’s overall dramatic effect, transcending the realm of pure cityscape. Here, the scintillating reflected sunlight and the plane’s steeply angled wingtip (which suggests a turning motion) give the picture a sense of immediacy.