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View of the Pitkin House and East Avenue

1859
20 3/8 x 30 1/4 in. (51.8 x 76.8 cm)

Charles Willson, Jr.
American (1826 - 1901, Fordham, NY)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Maurice R. Forman
Accession Number: 1973.13
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The building that currently is the Boy Scout headquarters – 474 East Avenue, near Prince Street – was formerly a private home. It was originally built for William Pitkin, a druggist who became banker, mayor of the city, and married Sophia Rochester, daughter of Rochester’s founder.

After the Pitkins moved closer to downtown (legend says that Sophia missed living near her parents, who lived on Spring Street – East Avenue was considered out in the country in those days), the home became the residence of Daniel Powers, self-made millionaire. In 1906, a third story was added to the building.

[Gallery label text, 2007]

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Artist's signature, lower left: Chas Willson Jnr/1859


Provenance
Hirschl and Adler Galleries, New York; purchased from them by Maurice R. Forman, Rochester, NY, for the Gallery in 1973

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