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Old Waterworks, Fairmount

Colin Campbell Cooper, American, 1856 - 1937

Made in United States, North and Central America


Oil on canvas

38 x 48 inches (96.5 x 121.9 cm) Framed: 38 x 48 1/4 x 2 inches (96.5 x 122.6 x 5.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of the artist, 1936

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Philadelphia-native Colin Campbell Cooper relocated to New York City in 1904, lured by the dynamic growth and skyscraping architecture of the new metropolis. Cooper's Old Waterworks, Fairmount is a rare, if not unique, treatment of Philadelphia from his later career and illustrates the artist's enduring interest in historic as well as modern architecture. Completed in 1822 along the bank of the Schuylkill River, the Fairmount Water Works remains an icon of historic Philadelphia. The Water Works was decommissioned in 1911, just two years before Cooper's depiction, endowing the painting with a sense of nostalgia for a bygone era of American architecture and history.

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