About this artwork

This etching is based on a drawing made in New York in March 1930. The print shows the sunset over the East River, seen from the Williamsburg Bridge. Brooklyn is on the left and the skyscrapers of New York can be seen on the right, the two areas joined by the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. The artist first visited America in 1929-30, when an exhibition of his portraits was on display in Chicago. Two years later, McBey married Marguerite Loeb, an American citizen, and the couple divided their time between the United States, Britain and Morocco. However, they were prevented from leaving the country for a period of seven years from 1939, due to the outbreak of the Second World War which affected their visas. Scottish by birth, McBey became an American citizen in 1942.

  • title:
    East River, Sunset
  • accession number:
    GMA 416
  • artist:
    James McBeyScottish (1883 - 1959)
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  • materials:
    Etching and drypoint on paper (no. 23)
  • date created:
    1934
  • measurements:
    20.80 x 35.30 cm (paper 31.90 x 45.60 cm)
  • credit line:
    Bequeathed by Mr George Liston-Foulis 1958
  • copyright:
    © The family of James and Marguerite McBey

James McBey

James McBey