Under the Bridges on the Schuylkill

Accession Number

Under the Bridges on the Schuylkill

Joseph Pennell

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
etching and drypoint on paper

12 15/16 in x 15 1/16 in (32.86 cm x 38.26 cm);18 in x 22 ⅛ in (45.72 cm x 56.2 cm)

Credit Line
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker

Subject matter
Intaglio print of three bridges on the Schuylkill River in Pennsylvania.

Physical Description
The print displays a scene from a perspective on the water, underneath the bridges. Three bridges can be seen. The first bridge is closer to the viewer, with a pier in the center left of the scene, and the truss barely visible, cutting through the top of the image at an angle. Behind the first bridge, more of the second bridge can be seen, with two piers and an arched truss. The thrid bridge is in the background, right-hand section of the scene. The bridge piers cast six shadows into the rippling water.

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
intaglio print

Collection Area

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arch bridges
bodies of water (natural)
bridges (built works)
reflections (perceived properties)

1 Related Resource

Victorian Studies
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)

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