Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The High Bridge in Art

This post is a work in progress. Many artists have found The High Bridge crossing the Harlem River in New York City as the subject for their canvasses.

Paintings will be added as they are found.  Here is what we have found so far.  You might also like to see the collection of photo images of the High Bridge that we have collected.

Gustave Wolff (1863-1935) American Impressionist painter. b. Berlin, Germany, 1866-1911 St. Louis Mo., New York City, 1912-?, d.

Hawthorne Fine Art Gallery

High Bridge, New York

Washington Heights Bridge,  New York

Ernest Lawson (1873-1939, American) High Bridge, Harlem River 1912
Oil on Canvas 40in. x 50in.
San Antonio Museum of Art
Preston Dickinson, Harlem River, 1922

Preston Dickinson, High Bridge, 1926

Preston Dickinson, Harlem River Bridge, 1922

Bernard J. Rosenmeyer, Poe Walking the High Bridge, 1930
Hayley Lever (1875-1958, American) High Bridge over the Harlem River 1913
50in.x60in The Spanierman Gallery

The high Bridge 1934

The High Bridge as seen from Macombs Dam by Currier & Ives (c. 1849)

Macombs Dam with The High Bridge in the Distance by Currier & Ives (c. 1852)

This looks like Currier & Ives. High Bridge is in the upper right corner

Florence Vincent Robinson (1874 - 1937), c. 1900
Preston Dickinson "The High Bridge" painted in the early 1920s

High Bridge, c. 1925, lithograph, Charles James Martin (1886-1955)

High Bridge, New York by Henry Ward Ranger
 (January 29, 1858 – November 7, 1916 ) American

High Bridge, New York by Henry Ward Rangerc 1905, Metropolitan Museum of Art

"Nursemaids, High Bridge Park" - George Luks
Knitting for the Soldiers, High Bridge Park 1918, George Luks

TheColumbia College Regatta, Henley Four
W. Pl. Snyder, Harper's Weekly June, 1878
Wood Engraving, Hand Colored

Highbridge, NY, Ernest Roth, 1916, etching

View of Harlem River, 1969, August Mosca (b. 1909, Naples, Italy - d. 2002,New York,USA)
Bridges Over Harlem River,  lithograph, Harper's Weekly, November 1882

High Bridge, Charles Mielatz, 1898, lithograph

John William Hill, American, 1812-1879  High Bridge  c. 1848

Watercolor over graphite on wove paper. 

Property of the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College 

Unknown Artist
The Croton Aqueduct Harlem River Bridge, 1850 Illustrated London News
Harpers Weekly, 1867
The Polo Grounds and The High Bridge by Joseph Pennell (1857-1926), published in1909.
Bookplate from The New New York by John Van Dyke, 5 1/2 x 8 inches

While this next item is not on canvas, it is still art. --literary art.
Edith Wharton, Custom of the Country, 1913. As reported in Architect's newsletter  that there is a scene in this novel "where the wicked vixen Undine Spragg insists on speeding across the High Bridge in a “horseless carriage” before making her grand entrance at a party so as to rouge her cheeks with a cold snap of air whipping up from the Harlem River." 

Samuel Halpert (1884-1930), oil on canvass, c. 1920, Museum of the City of New York

Joseph Anthony Buzzelli (1907 - 1983)

pen and ink, c. 1935

Louis Lozowick (1892-1973), lithograph.  
High Bridge, 1929, 12 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches
Helen E. Jacoby, "The High Bridge, N.Y.C. (Harlem River)," oil on canvas, signed lower left, 15 3/4" x 19 1/2" 


RICHARD HAYLEY LEVER 1876-1955 , C. 1913


Frederick Ballard Williams (1871-1956) C. 1909

PRESTON DICKINSON (1891-1930) C. 1915

Jules Guevin, American (1885-1940) High Bridge, NY
From The Century Illustrated Magazine 1902
Craig Barrack

Vestie Davis. High Bridge Bronx. 1967. Oil on canvas

High Bridge, Harlem River, New York
In Cities of the World: their origin, progress and present aspect, Edwin Hodder, Cassell & Company Ltd (pub.), 1882
Frederick Childe Hassam

Frederick Childe Hassam (Dorchester,Massachussetts 1859 – East Hampton, New York 1935) was a prolific American Impressionist painter, noted for his urban and coastal scenes. Hassam was one of the most influential American artists of the early 20th century. Paintings by Hassam hang in the White House, the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Historical Society, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Princeton University Art Museum and the National Gallery of Art.  This particular painting was painted toward the end of his life after 1927.

High Bridge

Hal Robinson - Date unknown 

Private collection 
Painting - oil on canvas 
Height: 35.56 cm (14 in.), Width: 55.88 cm (22 in.) 

High Bridge
Ernest Lawson, 1934

There is a painting of High Bridge c. 1905 by Henry Ward Ranger .
Unfortunately the  original is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the image is copyrighted.   We can only link you to an image and history of the painting.

last revised 2/22/17


  1. Thank you so much for putting together all these wonderful artistic pieces of our own High Bridge. I guess the bridge really was the icon of New York before the Brooklyn Bridge was built. With the restoration efforts going on, perhaps it will return to some level of prominence here in the City. The opening next year will be a welcome sight to all New Yorkers.

  2. Carlos (Washington Heights)August 21, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Thanks for the web site. These are very interesting. I never looked at the High Bridge as an artistic subject before, but I certainly do see it now. Thanks for assembling all these great works.