We Love New York

From the days of Henry Hudson to modern times, New York City has been a muse, a vibrant and diverse subject, and a beacon for creativity.

Come Touch What You Cannot Feel, 2000 (mixed media), Jeff Pullen,  (b.1948)  / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images


New Amsterdam

Henry Hudson (d. c. 1611), the English explorer, set out to find a Northeastern Passage to India under the Dutch East India Company. Instead, he came across New York and on September 11th 1609, Henry Hudson sailed up, what is now the Hudson River. Over the course of the next four years, the Dutch surveyed the new found land and eventually claimed possession. A town was raised, located on the island of Manhattan, called New Amsterdam. New Amsterdam became one of the main sources of fur trading, inviting some of the first immigrants to settle in America. 2009 celebrates the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage. The Dutch have reportedly spent $10 million on various festivities for the anniversary  year. Celebrations of the Dutch ties include Vermeer’s masterpiece, The Milkmaid, on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Redraft of The Castello Plan, New Amsterdam in 1660, 1916, Adams, John Wolcott (1874-1925) / © Collection of the New-York Historical Society, USA / Bridgeman Images



New-York Historical Society and Museum of the City of New York

Bridgeman represents both the New-York Historical Society and the Museum of the City of New York. These major collections help to illustrate over four centuries of American, and specifically New York, history. The New-York Historical Society, founded in 1804 is the city's oldest museum, with over 4,000 pieces of history on permanent display. Bridgeman currently holds over 800 images from this collection, from maps to artifacts, portraits of prominent Americans to visual accounts of the colonies' struggle for independence and 19th and 20th century depictions of the city and its inhabitants.

The Museum of the City of New York celebrates what makes New York City such a special place in the world. This diverse collection hosts a wide range of exhibitions, from the pressing issue of New York's sustainability to showing how New York came to be such a fashionable city. Bridgeman holds almost 200 images from this collection including scenes of daily life published by Currier and Ives to Childe Hassam's early 20th century paintings of the city.


Macy's, Herald Square, New York City, c.1910 (b/w photo), Hall, G.P. & Son (1876-1914) / © Collection of the New-York Historical Society, USA / George P. Hall & Son Photograph Collection / Bridgeman Images


A Birds-Eye View of the Great New York and Brooklyn Bridge and grand display of fire works on opening night, 1883, pub. by A. Major (colour litho), American School, (19th century) / © Museum of the City of New York, USA / Bridgeman Images


Winter on Wall Street, 1834 (colour litho), American School, (19th century) / © Collection of the New-York Historical Society, USA / Bridgeman Images


Washington Square, New York, c.1900 (oil on canvas), Cornoyer, Paul (1864-1923) / © Museum of the City of New York, USA / Bridgeman Images



Bridgeman Artists

Bridgeman represents many contemporary artists to whom New York City is the muse, setting and subject matter. Check out the works by Charlotte Wahl, Bill Jacklin, Anthony Butera, Amelia Lancaster, Frederick Brosen, Stephen Spiller, Julian Barrow, Max Ferguson and Jeff Pullen just to name a few.


Skating Rink, Central Park I, 1989 (oil on canvas), Jacklin, Bill (Contemporary Artist) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images


Engine 55, Broome Street, 1998 (w/c on paper), Brosen, Frederick (Contemporary Artist) / Private Collection / Lahr & Partners for Frederick Brosen/Bridgeman Art Library / Bridgeman Images


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