Interior View of the Metropolitan Museum of Art when in Fourteenth Street, Frank Waller
In the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
For six years, from 1873 to 1879, the Metropolitan Museum of Art was based in the Douglas Mansion at 128 West 14th Street in Manhattan, while the current building in Central Park was under construction (more on the museum’s history page).
Waller painted at least one other view of the museum’s interior at that location (though I don’t know if this is a monochromatic painting, or just a black and white photograph).
2 Replies to “Eye Candy for Today: Frank Waller’s 14th St Metropolitan Museum Interior”
Your link to the other interior scene in black and white gives a good idea of how spacious New York City brownstone mansions could be in the second and third quarters of the 19th century. The Salmagundi Club, at 47 Fifth avenue is one such largely-intact example (also used today from time-to-time as a location for movie scenes) with large interior spaces that today comfortably accommodate extensive exhibits.
Thanks, Daniel. Interesting comparison. (One if these days, I’m looking forward to visiting the Salmagundi Club.)
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