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Trinity Church and World Trade Center, New York

circa 1975
13 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. (34.3 x 26.7 cm)

Ralph Avery
United States (Savannah, GA, 1906 - 1976, Rochester, NY)

Object Type: Watercolor
Medium and Support: Watercolor and gouache with graphite on board
Credit Line: Gift of the Estate of Ralph Avery
Accession Number: 1977.152.139
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Rochester artist Ralph Avery juxtaposed the World Trade Center with Trinity Church in a colorful scene painted shortly after the towers were completed in 1973. In reality, the church, a symbol of old New York (it was founded in 1696), is dwarfed by neighboring skyscrapers, but from Avery’s vantage point, the cross-topped steeple competes with the surrounding buildings for the highest point in the scene. Perhaps Avery was inserting his own point of view about the competing roles of God and Mammon in that Wall Street neighborhood. As an illustrator for magazines that were bastions of middle-class, conservative values – Saturday Evening Post and Reader’s Digest — Avery may have been expressing the publisher’s values as well.

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