This collection contains lithographs of New York City streets, buildings and other structures drawn and printed by Ernest Born during the period 1930-1931. The suite of 15 completed images are New York City subjects originally contracted by a London art house; but, due to the 1930's depression, the transaction was not completed and the project remained in the Born family archives. The original edition was 20 prints of each image, of which five to 13 of each image survive. The lithographs are titled as follows: "Brooklyn Bridge," "Late Afternoon," "Battery Place," "East River Bend," "New York Public Library," "Grand Central Station," "Park Avenue and Lincoln Building," "Trinity Church," "Wall Street," "Garment Center," "Foundation Construction," "6th Avenue Elevation," "Jeannette Park Curve," "Bank of Manhattan and US Treasury," and "Frankfort Street."
Biographical / Historical Note
Ernest Born was born on February 21, 1898, in San Francisco. Educated at the University of California, Berkeley's School of Architecture, Born received his A.B. in 1922 and his M.A. in 1923.
Ernest and his wife Esther, also an architect, lived in New York City in the 1920s-1930s, where they were part of the burgeoning art community. Born was chief art editor for The Architectural Record and The Architectural Forum from years 1933-1936. He was also a major contributor to Pencil Points and American Architect.
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