(American, 1850‑1936)

Dewey Arch, Madison Square, NY

Watercolor on paper, 9 ¼ x 16 1/4 inches

Signed at lower right: “HAWLEY”

Provenance: Estate of Miriam L. Finkel, Philadelphia

The Dewey Arch was a temporary triumphal arch erected in 1899 at Madison Square in New York for a parade celebrating Admiral Dewey’s victory in the Philippines. Hawley’s depiction of the sculptural embellishments differs from those seen in photographs of the parade. Given his analytic attitude and architectural rendering background it is likely this work was created during the development and planning for the project.

About the Artist

(American, 1850‑1936)

Illustrator and architectural painter Hughson Hawley was born in England in 1850. He emigrated to the United States in 1879 when he was invited to paint scenery for the Madison Square Theater. Within the year, he brought his family to NY and had established a studio dedicated mainly to architectural rendering. Furthermore, he did illustrations for various magazines such as Harper's Weekly, Century, and Scribner's. At the time of his death, he was said to have executed over 11,000 commissions.