George L. Clough (1824-1901)

  • Clough_Balcony_Framed
  • Balcony Bridge, Central Park, New York City
  • Oil on canvas
  • 11 1/8 x 16 1/8 inches
  • Signed lower left

This painting of Central Park’s Balcony Bridge is from this late period in Clough’s career. Situated over a small inlet that flows into the Lake near the West 77th Street entrance to Central Park, the Balcony Bridge supports the West Drive. Built in 1860 by Calvert Vaux, the stone arch vehicle bridge once connected the Lake and what was known as the Ladies Pond, an area of the Lake reserved for female ice skaters during the 1860s and 70s. The Balcony Bridge is so-named for the two bench-lined bays on its eastern side, which give the bridge an asymmetrical quality, and provide a scenic view over the lake toward the city skyline of Central Park South and Fifth Avenues. Clough’s painting affords us a view of the bridge itself, situated against the picturesque backdrop of the Upper West Side, a nascent neighborhood that experienced a building boom from 1885 to 1900.

  • Clough_Balcony_Unframed

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