Illustration of the Legend of the Spuyten Duyvil

Object Number: 
1941.1227
Date: 
1939
Medium: 
Watercolor and graphite on board
Dimensions: 
Overall: 21 x 13 7/8 in. ( 53.3 x 35.2 cm ) mat: 22 x 15 7/8 in. ( 55.9 x 40.3 cm )
Marks: 
signature and date: lower left: "Stuyvesant Van Veen, 39" inscription: lower center: "The Legend of Spuyten Duyvil/This Sketch not to be used in part or entirely without Consend of Artist/by Stuyvesant Van Veen of New York City, 24 W. 96/Mural Artists Gu
Inscriptions: 
Signed and inscribed at lower left in graphite: "Stuyvesant Van Veen 39"; along lower edge outside image: "THE LEGEND OF SPUYTEN DUYVIL / THIS SKETCH NOT TO BE USED IN PART OR ENTIRELY WITHOUT CONSENT OF THE ARTIST / BY STUYVESANT VAN VEEN OF NEW YORK CITY 24 W 96 / MURAL ARTISTS GUILD DECEMBER 10 1939."
Gallery Label: 
This humorous sketch based on Washington Irving's Knickerbocker History of New York depicts Peter Stuyvesant's brash trumpeter Anthony Van Corlaer vowing to cross Spuyten Duyvil Creek at northern Manhattan Island "in spite of the devil." From this incident, according to Irving, the creek gained its name. Van Veen's sketch was for a proposed mural in the lobby of an apartment house on Seaman Avenue below Baker Field in the Inwood section near the creek. The mural was never executed.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Stuyvesant Van Veen
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Creative: Tronvig Group