The Palitz Gallery

Syracuse University Lubin House
11 East 61st Street, NYC

(212) 826-0320

Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

A Magnificent Obsession:  Selections from the Hamilton Armstrong Collection of Prints


August 15 – November 10, 2016



In the early 19th century, printmaking was used very few artists as an original art form.  The reproductive qualities of printmaking, that is the ability to make many hundreds or thousands of similar images in a quick and inexpensive manner, had trumped the more intimate and handmade qualities that attracted Rembrandt and his contemporaries.  Not until the emergence of William Blake, Corot, Goya, Charles Meryon, and others, did an etching revival take place and other artists began to actively investigate the unique qualities of the hand printed image.

We are fortunate that Hamilton Armstrong also appreciated these distinctive characteristics and amassed a very interesting collection of Charles Meryon etchings.

A French artist championed by the great writers Victor Hugo and Charles Baudelaire. Meryon (1821-1868) had produced a series of etchings that depicted a changing Parisian landscape and, in turn, captured the imagination of a number of English and American printmakers who appreciated his accurate renderings of urban scenes.  Even Whistler was compared to Meryon when the American ex-patriot finished his ‘Thames Set’ of London urban scenes in 1861.

Hamilton Armstrong delighted in the extraordinary scenes that Meryon created and over the years acquired architectural etchings by John Taylor Arms, Samuel Chamberlain, and Henry Rushbury…other artists inspired by the 19th century master.

Exhibition Checklist

Upcoming Events

10:00 am SYMPOSIUMS: Atelier 17- A Gather...
SYMPOSIUMS: Atelier 17- A Gather...
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – Sep 25 @ 1:00 pm
SYMPOSIUMS: Atelier 17- A Gathering Place for Avant-Garde Artists @ SUArt Galleries | Syracuse | New York | United States
Atelier 17 was a collaborative print center located in Paris that had a major impact on contemporary printmaking.  Organized and operated by S.W. Hayter, the Atelier was driven to relocate to NYC during World War[...]
12:00 pm PRINT FAIR
Sep 25 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The symposium will also feature a print fair with leading galleries from the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) in attendance. The exhibitors include Susan Teller Gallery (New York City), Dolan Maxwell (Philadelphia, PA), The[...]
12:15 pm Lunchtime Lectures: Permanent Co...
Lunchtime Lectures: Permanent Co...
Oct 12 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Join David Prince, curator of collections for the SUArt Galleries, for a glimpse into the newest additions to the Collection Galleries
2:00 pm Family Weekend 2016
Family Weekend 2016
Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Gallery tour of the exhibition About Prints: Stanley William Hayter and the Legacy of the Atelier 17 with Domenic Iacono