(American, 1905 - 1985)

First Wissahickon Bridge, Fairmount Park, Pennsylvania

Oil on masonite, 23 7/8 × 31 3/4 inches

Signed and inscribed at lower left: “SLOANE/FIRST WISSAHICKON BRIDGE, FAIRMOUNT PARK PA”

Note: This painting retains its original frame

This work depicts the Livezy Lane Bridge at Glen Fern (The Livezey House). The bridge—which can be seen on a map in the City Atlas of Philadelphia (vol. 2, 1875; pl. 1)—was one of a number of bridges that mill owners built across the picturesque Wissahickon Creek in northwest Philadelphia during the nineteenth century. Sloane was an expert on such structures and wrote American Barns and Covered Bridges (1954).

About the Artist

(American, 1905 - 1985)

The illustrator, author, and landscape painter Eric Sloane was born in New York City. He ran away from home at an early age and worked his way across America painting signs on barns, stores, and buildings. Later he studied at the Art Students’ League, the New York School of Fine and Applied Art, and the School of Fine Arts at Yale University. A man of many interests, Sloane was fascinated with meteorology and is credited with having been the first television weatherman. While restoring an old farmhouse in Connecticut he became fascinated by early American rural architecture and tools, and became an authority on these subjects.