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Inscribed lower left in brown wash: E. A. Sargent. Del.; lower left in white gouache: - REFERENCE - / GREY, SEWER - / RED, STEAM- BLUE, FRESH WATER- / GREEN, SALT WATER.; lower center in white gouache: SUGGESTIONS FOR THE PUBLIC SUPPLY OF STEAM/ FOR HEATING, COOKING, EXTINGUISHING FIRES, MELTING SNOW & c. / WITH IMPROVED SUBWAYS FOR PIPES, SEWERS, TELEGRAPH WIRES &c.; lower right in white gouache: LEWIS LEEDS / 110 BROADWAY N.Y.; right margin in graphite: Typesetting / Grinding / do / Folding / Folding / Printing / Printing / Show


Maxim Karolik, Newport; Gift to MFA May 10, 1961

Credit Line

Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875

about 1870–78

Place Depicted

New York, New York, United States

Object Place

New York, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik cat. no 638


Image: 27.6 x 36.2 cm (10 7/8 x 14 1/4 in.) Sheet: 32.7 x 44.6 cm (12 7/8 x 17 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Watercolor, heightened with white on paper


Prints and Drawings