Washington Square by Augusta Payne Rathbone

Washington Square by Augusta Payne Rathbone

Washington Square

Augusta Payne Rathbone

Title

Washington Square

 
Artist
Year
1943  
Technique
etching and color aquatint 
Image Size
8 3/4 x 5 3/4" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
artist's proof 6/9, not editioned further. 
Annotations
 
Reference
 
Paper
antique-white wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
MBL101 
Price
$1,800.00 
Description

This colorful, Modernist color aquatint and etching is of Washington Square in Greenwich Village in New York. Rather than focus her attention on the iconic Washington Square Arch Rathbone instead chose to depict the colorful row houses on Waverly Place, across from the park.

The park is the center of activity for the Greenwich Village area, bustling with tourists, chess players, artists, students, children and residents enjoying the weather throughout the year.

Rathbone depicts a mother and baby carriage in the park in fall. A twisted, skeletal tree stretches into a clouded sky. The mostly red, brick buildings from the houses add a brightness to an otherwise drab day.

The 1833 row of red brick townhouses on the north end of Washington Square Park, known as “Waverly Place,” belongs to the later phase of the Federal style, spanning the late-18th to early-19th century in the newly independent former American colonies.