Union Square

Union Square

Soldiers, possibly Cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, assemble in parade formation (Washington’s Birthday?) two abreast on the north side of Union Square in New York City.

Everett House, a fine residential hotel that opened in 1853 at background center of photograph is seen, and other clues might help a modern viewer more accurately date this view. They include an American flag flying at center, horse-drawn carriages at foreground left, a telegraph pole at foreground right and intact signs (upon close-magnification) on the building at far background left, directly behind the head of the line of soldiers. Located at 29 East 17th Street, this was the warehouse and shop for L. Marcotte & Co., a manufacturer and importer of fine carpets, furniture, and “looking glass plates, frames, gas fixtures, bronzes, and all articles of art”, according to an 1876 sales invoice, and is believed to have been at this location as early as 1860.

Union Square

Image Dimensions10.8 x 16.4 | 14.5 x 18.8 cm Japan tissue (printed ca. 1897-1900)

Support Dimensions19.1 x 24.5 | 22.2 x 29.1 cm Cream colored paper/White Linen secondary support