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Guide to the Mortimer Borne Drypoints
1927–1949
 PR-228

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by Valerie S. Komor and Bobby Lee (2003); migrated to ArchivesSpace by Joseph Ditta (2020).

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 26, 2020
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Borne, Mortimer
Title: Mortimer Borne drypoints
Dates [inclusive]: 1927–1949
Abstract: Drypoints by Polish-born artist Mortimer Borne (1902–1987) depicting Manhattan streets, skylines, harbors, churches, parks (especially Central Park), and elevated trains. Includes views of Brooklyn, Sheepshead Bay, Coney Island, Spuyten Duyvil, and the 1939–1940 World's Fair Grounds at night.
Quantity: 82 item(s) in 1 box.
Language: The language used in the collection is English.
Call Phrase: PR-228

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Biographical note

Printmaker, painter, sculptor, and educator Mortimer Borne was born in Rypin, Poland, on December 21, 1902. In 1916 he immigrated to the United States with his parents. He studied at the National Academy of Design, the Art Students League, the Beaux-Art Institute of Design, and with Charles Webster Hawthorne, founder of the Cape Cod School of Art. He taught at the New School for Social Research in New York City from 1945 to 1967.

As a teenager in Poland, Mortimer Borne won a national school competition with a sculptured head of Peter the Great. His printmaking career started in the mid-1920s with a group of drypoint etchings of New York City, and in 1930 his work was recognized by Frederick Keppel & Co., who began representing him. Mortimer Borne's work is in the permanent collections of many museums, but his largest holding is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

[Adapted from information formerly posted on the Old Print Shop website: https://web.archive.org/web/20030415162849/http://www.oldprintshop.com/artists/borne.html]

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Scope and Contents

The 82 drypoints by Mortimer Borne in this collection were created between 1927 and 1949. The images, many of them colored, primarily depict Manhattan streets, skylines, harbors, churches, parks (especially Central Park), and elevated trains; several of these are night scenes. There are also views of Brooklyn, Sheepshead Bay, Coney Island, Spuyten Duyvil, and Manhattan as seen from Weehawken, New Jersey, and from the George Washington Bridge. A 1940 etching depicts the World's Fair Grounds at night.

Arrangement

Prints are organized alphabetically by titles supplied by the artist. Titles have been transcribed from each print.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Drypoints (prints)
  • Etchings (prints)
  • Skylines.

Subject Organizations

  • New York World's Fair (1939-1940 : New York, N.Y.) [111] -- Pictorial works.

Subject Topics

  • Church buildings -- New York (State) -- New York -- Pictorial works.
  • Parks -- New York (State) -- New York -- Pictorial works.

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) -- Pictorial works.
  • Central Park (New York, N.Y.) -- Pictorial works.
  • Coney Island (New York, N.Y.) -- Pictorial works.
  • New York (N.Y.) -- Pictorial works.
  • Sheepshead Bay (New York, N.Y.) -- Pictorial works.
  • Spuyten Duyvil (New York, N.Y.) -- Pictorial works.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact the Print Room Librarian at printroom@nyhistory.org.

Use Restrictions

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to 20 exposures of stable, unbound material per day. Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, rightsandrepro@nyhistory.org. Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit: https://www.nyhistory.org/about/rights-reproductions

Preferred Citation

The collection should be cited as: Mortimer Borne Drypoints, PR-228, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, New-York Historical Society.

Related Materials

Other works by Mortimer Borne are found in the James Boyd Collection of New York City Etchings, PR-7.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Noel J. Blackman in 1979.

Processing Information

On accession in 1979, the Mortimer Borne drypoints donated by Noel J. Blackman were added to the James Boyd Collection of New York City Etchings, PR-7, which includes some works by Borne. Valerie S. Komor and Bobby Lee removed the Blackman donation from the Boyd Collection in April 2003 and processed it under the separate call phrase PR-228. Joseph Ditta migrated their WORD-document finding aid to ArchivesSpace in June 2020.

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Container List

Mortimer Borne drypoints, 1927–1949

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 The Ant Hill, Central Park
1931
Box: 1 Folder : 1 At the Beach—Coney Island 655
1939
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Automat Vertical
1937
Box: 1 Folder : 1 The Bathers—Coney Island
1945
Box: 1 Folder : 2 The Beach—Coney Island
1943
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Boathouse—Hudson
1927
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Boats—Sheepshead Bay
1939
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Broadway from the Trans Lux Building
1941
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Bronx Street
1937
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Café
1933
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Carousel—Coney Island
1931
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Central Synagogue—Lexington at 55th St.
1931
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Chinatown (Doyers St.—before the fire)
1940
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Chinatown
1945
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Church at 79th and Broadway
1937
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Church of the Holy Trinity (Brooklyn Heights)
1947
Box: 1 Folder : 5 City Hall Park with Civic Virtue
1936
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Coal Barges at Dusk—Sheepshead Bay
1939
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Coal Yards, Brooklyn
1939
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Columbus Circle—Erection of Skyscraper
1940
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Columbus Circle
1938
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Columbus Circle with Sunkist Billboard
1937
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Construction of West Side Highway
1937
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Demolition of 6th Avenue "El" at 14th St.
1940
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Dyckman House
1931
Box: 1 Folder : 7 E. Fulton Street "El"
1930
Box: 1 Folder : 7 East 86th St.
1932
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Eastside Pushcart at Night
1927
Box: 1 Folder : 8 "El" at 23rd St. & 32nd Av.
1927
Box: 1 Folder : 8 "El" Lines from Roof on E. Broadway
1934
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Emanuel from Central Park (Temple with Pine)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 8 The Fireboat (Foot of Fulton St., Brooklyn)
1945
Box: 1 Folder : 9 The Fisherman's Line—Sheepshead Bay
1931
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Forest Hills Park
1933
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Forest Hills Park with Rider
1930
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Fulton St. "El" with Beecher Monument, Brooklyn
1939
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Happy Holiday (R & M Borne)
1947
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Henry Street, Brooklyn Heights
1941
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Hicks Street, Brooklyn Heights
1940
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Hicks Street, South Brooklyn
1940
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Hooverville on Hudson
1934
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Houseboat on the Hudson
1934
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Kew Gardens Landscape
1945
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Little Bridle—Central Park
1934
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Long Island Landscape
1938
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Louis Eilshemius from Life
1933
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Lower Manhattan Skyline from Fulton Street, Brooklyn
1945
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Lower Manhattan Skyline
1940
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Marginal St.
1930
Box: 1 Folder : 13 May Day—Union Square
1933
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Museum of Natural History—Indian Hall
1934
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Museum of Natural History—Indian Room #2 with figures
1934
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Negro Preacher, Turpentine Play
1937
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Picnic Grounds—Central Park
1930
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Plaza Towers from Central Park
1933
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Plaza Towers
1930
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Ponies—Central Park
1929
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Pretzel Stand Under the "El"
1929
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Rainy Night—79th (between Broadway and Columbus)
1939
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Restless Night
1942
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Revolving Bridge, New York, East River
1949
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Riverside Drive
1932
Box: 1 Folder : 16 The Skaters, Central Park
1934
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Skaters, Central Park (looking West)
1934
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Skaters, Central Park (with skyline)
1934
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Snow Clearing—Brooklyn Heights
1941
Box: 1 Folder : 17 The Station—Inwood (Spuyten Duyvil)
1931
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Stock Exchange
1931
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Stone Street—Sunday
1945
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Temple Emanuel from Central Park
1931
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Times Square
1937
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Trinity Church from Treasury
1947
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Tugboats—Wall Street
1939
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Union Square from the West
1929
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Union Square
1932
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Union Square, Panoramic View
1932
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Verdi Square Line—72 St. between Broadway and Seventh Av.
1939
Box: 1 Folder : 20 View of Manhattan from G.W. Bridge
1941
Box: 1 Folder : 20 View of New York from Weehawken
1929
Box: 1 Folder : 20 West 42nd St.
1937
Box: 1 Folder : 20 West Street at 10th Street
1934
Box: 1 Folder : 20 World's Fair Grounds—Night
1940

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