[Clinton Court, Greenwich Village, New York City, 1915].
The collection includes skyscrapers looming at the end of narrow streets, snow-covered parks and rooflines, bridges, boat basins, and construction sites. Greenwich Village appears in almost 20 soft-focus scenes featuring such details as laundry lines and an unattended baby carriage on Milligan Place. Two self-portraits with photographic equipment, dated 1913 and 1953, indicate an enduring interest in photography. Each image has a short title and is signed and dated.
Arthur D. Chapman was born in Bakersfield, Calif., on 12 August 1882. As an amateur photographer, he worked nights as a newspaper printer and in the afternoons turned his view camera on New York City's outdoor shapes. He took special pride in discovering compositions of pictorial interest in his everyday surroundings, and his best-known images portray non-Bohemian Greenwich Village in the 1910s. Chapman died in Hackensack, New Jersey, on 5 June 1956.
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