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Charles Lewis Fussell - September 2007
 
 
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Charles Lewis Fussell
(American, 1840–1909)
Rockaway, Long Island, c. 1891
Oil on canvas, 11 1/4 ◊ 8 1/2 inches
Signed and inscribed at lower left: ďC. L. FUSSELL/ROCKAWAY"
RS 2421


Rockaway is a peninsula in southern Queens that consists of a four-mile-long barrier beach. It is bounded by Rockaway Inlet at the north, Nassau County at the east, and by the Atlantic Ocean at the south and west. The area was uninhabited until a fishing shack was built there in 1856. Summer visitors began to frequent the beaches when a ferry service from Canarsie was begun in 1864. After the railroad and hotels were built between 1872 and 1875, Rockaway evolved into a popular summer resort. Two of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Artsís four oil sketches of Rockaway are dated 1891, so it is likely that this oil sketch was painted that year. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., also owns one of Fussellís watercolors of Rockaway.


  


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