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|Artist: ||Newbold Hough Trotter|
|Title: ||Inlet House, Atlantic City from Brigantine|
|Media: ||Oil on canvas, 5 × 14 3/8 inches|
|Description: ||Signed at lower right: “N. H. Trotter”|
Inscribed and dated in ink on backing: “#COCC/Inlet House A. City from Brigantine/1895–1870–N.H.
Trotter was best known for his animal subjects, but he also painted landscapes.
His painting Wounded Buffaloes Pursued by Prairie Wolves (location
unknown) was shown at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876 and
was purchased by General William Tecumseh Sherman for Army headquarters in
Washington, D.C.; Trotter subsequently executed three commissions for the War
Department and an equestrian portrait of General Sherman. His interest in natural
history led to a commission to illustrate Hayden’s Journal of the Mammals
of North America, for which he completed thirty paintings before the
project was cancelled for financial reasons.
This view of the Inlet House in Atlantic City was taken from Brigantine, a
town to the north across the Absecon Inlet. According to an early history of
Atlantic City, the Inlet House was a large structure located on Clam Creek.
The same source described the Inlet as “a large body of water at the upper
end of the island, where sailing and fishing boats, in charge of experienced
captains, can be hired by the day or by the hour. The sail through the bays
or out to sea, through the Inlet outlet, is delightful, and the fishing is
generally very good.”1 A view of the Inlet House from a distant vantage point
on the boardwalk is preserved in a 1909 postal card photograph.2 The Atlantic
County Historical Society has an undated newspaper clipping with a photograph
of the building that identifies it as the “Inlet Hotel former location of Hyman
Shore Dinners from Atlantic City long ago operated by Josh and Max Hyman.” The
Inlet House was the site of the famous Captain Starns Restaurant from the 1920s
until the ’70s, when the building was demolished.
1. Alfred M. Heston, Absegami: Annals of Eyren Haven and Atlantic City,
1609 to 1904 (Camden, N.J.: Sinnickson and Sons, 1904), p. 365; see
also pp. 31–32.
2. See historic photographs on the City
of Atlantic City website, at http://www.cityofatlanticcity.org/historical/gallery/pages/ac_inlet_1909_jpg.htm
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|Inventory: ||RS 3942|
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