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Title Mural painting depicting 1864 Hoboken done by Robert Bushnell in 1956 for Pier B, Hoboken.
Object Name Painting
Catalog Number 2006.041.0001
Collection Hoboken Arts & Artists Collection
Credit Museum Purchase.
Description Mural painting depicting 1864 Hoboken done by Robert Bushnell in 1956 for Pier B, Hoboken. Commissioned by the operator of the Hoboken Marine Facility, the Port Authority of New York.

Canvas, 8 feet x 32 feet long. Media: casein? PDF on file of small image.

Signed at lower right corner: In the manner of Currier and Ives. Robert Bushnell, 1956.
See archives 2006.041.0002 for newsclipping with background on mural and a document regarding the artist.

The artist's interpretation of a bird's-eye view looking southeast of Hoboken with elements seen from the mid-1800's: Elysian Fields, baseball, The Colonnades, Stevens Castle and Castle Point, the docks and piers of various passenger and shipping lines, railroad and ferry transportation. The layout is not literal with the street grid not being shown as it then existed.

Although no photographs have been found showing it in its original location, it is known that it was in public passenger area then used by American Export Lines, Pier B, as its Hoboken offices and main passenger terminal. This company ceased Hoboken operations in the early 1970's when it moved them to Brooklyn.
Date 1956-1956
Year Range from 1956
Year Range to 1956
People Bushnell, Robert
Search Terms Pier B
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Port Authority Piers
American Export Lines
Elysian Fields
Stevens Castle
First Baptist Church
Caption full mural
Imagefile 052\20060410001.tif
Notes According to source of item: after removal from Pier B, it was mounted in the back room of the Shannon Lounge, First Street, for several years. Date of the removal and transfer not established, but it was apparently the late 1970's-early 1980's.
Classification Art
Government & Politics
Historic Sites
Real Estate