Where two ends meet - Scene on the pier at twenty-sixth street, East River, New York
Medium: Watercolor, gouache, and oil on illustration board
Dimensions: 15 3/4 × 25 in. (40 × 63.5 cm)
frame: 25 3/4 × 34 3/4 in. (65.4 × 88.3 cm)
Illustration Citation: "Where Extremes Meet," by Edmund Collins, in Harper's Weekly, August 15, 1891
Credit Line: Gift of Donald J. Puglisi, 2006
About: Thure de Thulstrup illustrates a text describing two sections of a New York City pier. One--marked New York Yacht Club-- is manned by a city policeman ready to assist club members and visitors. This section (left half of image) includes a ship's officer standing with two smartly-dressed women as a seaman prepares wine bottles. The other section--marked Charities and Correction--funnels "the unfortunates and the criminals" to a boat that will disperse them to prisons, asylums, hospitals, and workhouses throughout the city. Handcuffs, frayed shoes and clothing, and crutches identify the shuffling group.
After a military career in his native Sweden and in France, and training in topographical drawing as a civil engineer in Canada, de Thulstrup moved to New York and began a long career in illustration. In 1896, a noted critic included him with painters such as Winslow Homer, George Inness, and James McNeill Whistler as one of the "later American masters."
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