Fulton Ferry & South Street

PhotographerGustav Schulz


MediumPhotogravure: Chine-collé


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Animals, Horses, Architecture, Bridges, Carts, wagons, Cityscape, Commerce, Documentary, Rivers


Image Dimensions: 26.5 x 20.9 | 31.2 x 24.6 cm (plate mark)
Support Dimensions: 35.0 x 27.5 cm (cut down ⎯ original plates were 50.0 x 40.0 cm)

This view of the Fulton Ferry building showing a bustling South Street at middle and Brooklyn Bridge in background is believed to have been taken around 1891, when the English commercial photographer Gustav Schulz was commissioned to document perfume factories owned by the Fritzsche Brothers in New York and Garfield, New Jersey. Published in 1893, (LOC copyright stamp) Fulton Ferry & South Street was included within a portfolio of eight individual plates of New York City area views. Two identical known copies were sold in October, 1919 as part of the auction: The Literary and Artistic Properties of the late Evert Jansen Wendell  (Part 4: Eighteenth Session, Wednesday Morning, October 22nd: New York Views ⎯ Continued:


5104New York City.  A series of views. All photogravures copyrighted by G. Schulz, all on India paper, including, ⎯ Fulton Ferry and South Street, Washington Bridge, Highbridge, Brooklyn Bridge (two, different), Grand Central Depot (The old), The Mall (Central Park), Coenties Slip. Together, 8 pieces, oblong 4to.

5105. New York City. Another collection, same as above. Together, 8 pieces, oblong 4to.



Links and resources to four of these views:


Washington Bridge: example held by New York Public Library. 

Coenties Slip: example held by Library of Congress: 

The Mall, Central Park (n.d.). Photo-engraving. The New York Historical Society. Published as Figure #120 in volume: American Picturesque, by John Conron: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000.

Grand Central Depot: G Schultz (sic) Capo Auction, Long Island City, N.Y. : April 27, 2019: Lot # 120.   


One copy of portfolio additionally listed on WorldCat, with institutional holding information lacking.  


Gustav Otto Schulz: 1849-1912


A deep dive into the career of artist and commercial photographer Gustav Schulz of Brighton (England) can be found on the Sussex PhotoHistory online resource.


Fulton Ferry & South Street