(American School, 19th century)
View of Storm King and Breakneck Mountain from West Point, unsigned, inscribed in pencil verso "artist James McAuliffe", watercolor on paper, sight 8-1/4 x 12 in.; period gilt wood frame, 14 x 18-1/4 in.
Note: James McAuliffe, (1848 - 1921) was active/lived in Massachusetts
This watercolor depicts a view looking north towards Pollepel Island, known today as Bannerman's Island, with Storm King Mountain on the west and Breakneck Mountain on the east. At the time of this rendering, Pollepel was still an abandoned island, without the castle that Francis Bannerman began building in 1901 as an armament warehouse, and exiting today as a ruin. The island is now a New York State Park.
hinged in, mat burn; frame with wear commensurate with age