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14th Street with Union Square and Washington Monument

Attributed to Silas A. Holmesabout 1855

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

A group of schoolboys gathered around the then-new monument of George Washington in Union Square looks directly at Silas A. Holmes's camera. Though this image depicts children, the monument was more frequently a rendezvous point for unemployed actors in the 1850s and 1860s. In the 1870s the area became the heart of the commercial entertainment district and then was graced with a newly landscaped green park. Monument House in the background, a home newly converted into a hotel, demonstrates that the neighboring private houses in this formerly fashionable district were also giving way to commercial establishments.

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  • Title: 14th Street with Union Square and Washington Monument
  • Creator: Attributed to Silas A. Holmes
  • Date: about 1855
  • Physical Dimensions: 31.1 x 40.3 cm (12 1/4 x 15 7/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Salted paper print
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Print
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 84.XM.351.12
  • Inscription: Recto, in pencil in a modern hand "14th street a Union Square, N.Y. vers 1853 Holmes? Fredricks?" with a trace of a removed paper label. Verso, in pencil "6760/30150 dans 9 x 14 del." and col. M_ M_".
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: American
  • Classification: Photographs

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